July, 1937

There is much to celebrate in the heat of July.  Babu says that she will “melt like a piece of wax one of these days,” yet things move along swimmingly.  (Kind of.) All About Benny: The month begins with the sentence: I guess I needn’t have worried about Benny. She didn’t know if he would…

Sharing with Babu, Less is More

Taking care of someone who is nearly 99 takes constant readjustment.  What she can do, what is good for her and in what amounts, differ even during the same day.  I shared some passages with Babu again, and this time kept it shorter, telling her that’s all I had for today rather than asking her…

Dull Days

Some days she has no events, no near tragedies, no brushes with moments of history.  Some days she stays around the house and she will confess that those days are “dull days.”  Yet sometimes, her dull days entertain me very much! Sunday, June 6th, 1937 Went to high mass.  Zosh has Andy’s watch and says…

The Case of the Peanuts

Thursday, June 10th, 1937 We went to the circus (Cole Brother’s) tonight, Benny, I and Ernie and Charles, Lincoln, and Budson.  Oh!  It was wonderful.  We had three pounds of peanuts, but we got there late to feed the elephants, so we fed ourselves. After the show we went to “Dutchland” for ice-cream, and thence…

Sunday Share: Free

Why The Traveling Pumpkin? I haven’t figured it out yet. But I stumbled upon this blog and my need to escape was triggered. A girl can dream, right? Here is a post I thought was right on point and well said: 7 Reasons Why You Should Travel Alone At Least Once

Pretty in Pink (Babu Style)

Wednesday, June 16th, 1937 It seems almost incredible.  I thought about it before but only as an impossibility.  Going home after school Benny stopped me and asked if I wanted to go to the dance to Meriden Saturday.  Said he would come for me and bring me back or I could stay over.  Mother said…

June, 1937

I am reading and typing along and suddenly it makes sense why she is doing things like playing tennis and sunbathing.  It’s June!  I had lost all track of time.  As I go through the month I keep wondering if she is approaching graduation.  Classes continue into July so before the end of this month…

Excerpts: May, 1937 “It was almost the end.”

Almost a tragic end: Thursday, May 13th, 1937 Such a night.  I was reading under the parlor lamp and the doorbell rings.  Mother comes in with a young man.  She flops on the sofa and just sits there.  Finally, we find out she was struck or grazed by this young man’s car.  Thank heavens!  It’s…

May, 1937

I’m going to get this disappointment out of the way because I know it’s been on my mind.  I’m sure it’s been on yours, too.  Hasn’t it? On May 6th, 1937, the Hindenburg explodes. Here was Babu’s journal entry on that day: Thursday, May 6th, 1937 Thank you for a lovely evening!  It was lovely. …

Comparison

Mostly what this project has done is brought me closer to Babu and shown me how similar we are.  Two major aspects of similarities between us were her insecurity and her theatre life.  I could relate greatly to both and even to how she only ever got the small roles. But sometimes I see large…

Did You Miss It? I Sure Didn’t!

Were you laughing when you read Saturday’s post?  You may have missed a few things if you weren’t.  Check it out: Excerpts April, 1937 Babu always has a way of writing something off hand, explaining nothing, and leaving me saying “Whhhaattt?” Let’s look at April 15th again: “John came in after 12 and started playing…

Sunday Share: Keep it Minimal!

Keeping things simple, decluttered, and clean are so important when you are care taking for an elderly person.  It’s important to do that in their spaces, with their things, but it’s also important for the care taker to do so. Less is more when life is stressful.  You know where things are, the house feels…