By Kathleen V. Cairns, Eliane Leslau Silverman
This can be a publication approximately reminiscence & that means. those texts deliver to mild the reflections & tales that ladies have developed round the items they've got valuable, which some time past could have been deemed unimportant. those gadgets comprise each one woman's lifestyles event & act as a origin for her values & for the improvement of her personality. The gadgets are frequently handed alongside to different girls or passed right down to relations, thereby connecting generations of girls & making a collective women's heritage. Culled from interviews with over 100 various girls, those are wealthy, compelling & even haunting tales, advised within the women's personal voices.
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The collection reminds her, too, of her own strength. 33 Creating and re-creating the self My grandpa’s dealing with me was always a mixture of caring and making sure there was a lesson in there. Just a tone of caring, and always the message. It was guidance about him always expecting me to do my best. He expected a lot but the caring came through in his words too. He probably was sort of a woman’s libber. He really did support women. He expected them to get busy and take care of themselves and design for themselves a good life, live it well, get to school, get an education, a career.
But this perspective gives only a glimpse of the meanings of these things and of their associated rituals. I can tell many versions of the stories in this memory box. I know what is me in each version, and what is not me. I know when I digress into describing the experiences of other people under the guise of telling about my own life. It is so much easier that way. I know how pointless it can feel to try to tell people about my real life. But I preserve it here in the secret code of these objects.
She won this award twice late in her life. Dorothy spent most of her middle years working, raising her children, and caring for her mother. After her mother died, she began volunteering as a foster-grandmother at a daycare and as a visitor at an elder care center. The plaque represents her achievement, certainly, but also serves as an emblem of activity. “[Being active] has kept me young,” she said at eighty-two. ”Women who don’t get out, she said, “have no idea what the world is about now. ” Charlie told of a crystal glass that she keeps as a reminder of a life she consciously gave up and of the passage of time that has allowed her to recover, and even to accept it.
Treasures: The Stories Women Tell About the Things They Keep by Kathleen V. Cairns, Eliane Leslau Silverman