Sometimes what we don't remember is important. This was my Great Aunt Grace's home. I don't remember ever being there but I probably was in my younger years.
This is Great Aunt Grace. My mother got her middle name from her. She was apparently quite a character. She would collect all the little bits of thread the rest of the women cut off and use them . . . the short pieces nobody else wanted to bother with.
When I started doing my research I wrote to her a few times. Her letters were always quite comical as she "corrected" information I got from other family members; in red ink. I know Mother thought a lot of her, I wish I had known her more than just a couple of letters.
As I was writing a memory came to me of a house with a big living room with wooden floors and a kitchen or dining room at the far end. I remember entering this house but I don't know who's house it was. Perhaps it was Aunt Grace's but I've always connected the memory to my father's side of the family.
I don't remember ever having a birthday party . . . until I turned 13. Surely I did. mom baked birthday cakes and I received presents. There aren't any pictures of birthday parties. Yes, this bothers me. I don't know if I didn't have any or I just don't remember.
Someday as I work my way through the prompts and dig deeper into my past I will find those memories, if they exist. I also have very long blank areas. Fourth grade is a blank. I've worked at bringing it back and with help from people I've found on the Internet. I at least know my teacher's name. Why don't I remember an entire year? I mentioned that to Jeanette Walls and she said it may be a good thing but I want to know.
I don't remember my father or any of his family. I don't remember living in Garden City, Kansas. I don't remember learning to read. Not knowing is important . . . not knowing is part of who I am.
What are some of the things you don't remember?
Seven new journaling prompts:
Write about heirlooms. Give their history and what they mean specifically to you. Add photos if you can.
Write about playing cards.
Tell about a car accident you were involved in.
Tell a story about cursing.
Have you ever gone hunting?
Write about homecoming festivities at your high school?
Was there anything unusual about your birth?