The Name List

This has been a two day mystery, the name list.  This is the list of her family members: children, grandchildren, great grandchildren.  My sister wrote it a long time ago and it has been stuck into the frame of the hutch, but she wanted it down about a week ago, and I thought it should…

**Contains Spoliers

In late April Jeanette goes to Manhattan for vacation and Babu receives a letter the first day of May and by Mid May Jeanette is back.  This passage reminded Babu of the fate of the friendship between them.  Jeanette, someday in a future past I have not gotten to in my reading, will move down…

Stark Contrasts

Amidst all her worries about when to wear her sport blouse and her strong feelings over saddle shoes, Babu has an encounter with death.  She writes: Friday, April 27th, 1934 It makes a person realize the truth of death when a young person like Lorraine Pronovost dies.  Just a few weeks ago she was so…

Not Only Dreams-Imagination

March, 1934 was full of dreams both sleeping and waking.  There was one hidden dream not before mentioned, her dream to be a writer.  I discussed this with her as we read this month’s passages because her choices left me smiling, laughing, and shaking my head.  Out of no where, it seemed, she was expressing…

Understanding – The “Serenity Prayer” is not just for addicts.

She comes out from the bathroom after her nap and says:  “Feels like I’m getting…” There is this impossibly long pause.  My mind fills with sentence completers that I have trained my mouth not to say:  Out of breath?  Sick?  Closer to death?  She has said each one of those to us before. She picks…

The Difference a Year Makes

This couldn’t have worked out better.  If I didn’t transcribe half of 1935 and then switch to 1934 I don’t think I’d see the contrast.  I wrote in the previous post she writes younger, well obvi!  But it just goes to show how fast we grow.  She writes more playfully and imaginatively.  (Not to mention…

“I don’t remember being fat…”

Something about two of her passages or July made me a little angry.  Body image issues at their finest.    Mother says I must do something cause I’m getting fat.  I’m starved but I won’t eat anything tonight. And then two days later: I think I ought to go on a diet. So unhealthy.  (Please note,…

Oh, I Loved Her…

I was surprised when Babu first read July’s passages and didn’t remember “Auntie Nellie” who came to visit her in early July.  I had a dim memory of hearing about her before. But not every day is the same.  Last week I tried to pass off passages she already read to her and she shot…

Babchi’s Garden and Me

Some times when I share passages with Babu we are launched into talking sessions where stories are told, expanded, feature a cast of characters whom are, mostly, very loved, and explore poignant matters even to the extent of the meaning of life.  Sometimes she’s pretty quiet and reads to herself, laughs at a few things…

Far More Tender than Stone

Reading the passages from Babu’s 1935 diary has taught me the least about her.  She felt the sting of unrequited love and crushing insecurity, she went to a double feature several times a week, she cared about her school work, and her tiffs with her friends were very short lived and her love for them…

The Prom Talk with Babu

When Babu read about the week of her prom she only reacted to certain pieces of the excerpts she read. Out until 2:15?  Out until 2 AM? (There were many instances that month of her getting home very late.) Well, Babu, it was a very exciting time for you, with prom and graduation.  There were…

Zosh – In Loving Memory

For the first time today Babu talked of Zosh’s passing.  Zosh is Sophie’s nickname.  You see her written about all over Babu’s journals.  She remained friends with Zosh for all the years leading up to her death.  Zosh only died a year or two ago.  Babu didn’t get out to see her best friend much…