New Year’s Eve Vintage Photos: 19…?

It was very rare for Babu to not have marked this pack of her pictures with detailed and precise information.  Maybe these were Jake’s pictures and not hers?  Whatever the case, I don’t need to be told what day this is as this is clearly a New Year’s celebration.  But what year?? I’m thinking that…

Images: August, 1939

  Sunday, August 6th, 1939 It dawned a hot, glorious day, and after church, Ernie, Billy, Jakey, and I started for Westerly. Jimmy’s girl was still sleeping so we went without them. We spent all day in the sun, slapping sun lotion all over ourselves. I don’t think this business of showing Jakey I like…

August, 1939: Don’t Judge a Month Before It’s Over

When I began reading August, 1939, I panicked a little.  Babu was down on Jakey and I worried that this blooming relationship wouldn’t really be the fairytale I always heard it to be.  Maybe, in fact, I never heard it that way, but added my own spin on it.  I reflected a lot about the…

Memory, Records, and Truth

I just read a wonderful post that explains why I fall so easily into the cliche of being more reflective this time of year. In this post The Beauty Along the Road writes: Liminal Space Posted on December 23, 2017 by Beauty Along the Road One of my favorite things to do in the liminal…

All The Best Intentions…

For the last two days I have been working on a post that seems too big for one post and too big for only two or three days worth of processing and reflecting.  It is about, well, mostly about, or maybe only a little bit about, “Jakey.”   I have been processing something about “Jakey”…

Happy Holidays! (I’m Trying.)

Wow.  I have been away from this blog for so very long.  It’s true.  It’s also true that I think about this blog every day.  But, eh, life.  I have to admit, I was nervous to start typing and posting again.  But, as it usually happens, once I began, it all melted away. Babu, myself,…

July, 1939

So, the other day, I believe this was actually as far back as last Tuesday, I really wanted to get back to the meat of this blog.  The transcribing and retelling of Babu’s life.  I took a gander at the last month’s worth of transcriptions – June 1939 – and I realized something was wrong. …

Dog Days Mondays: Boundaries

Hello!  Yes, I have been absent for a while.  Things, for the most part, have been excellent.  I’m loving my job and fully immersed and focused on it.  I will share more about that, but for now, I have a timely discussion about dogs and boundaries.   My dog is a “grumble.”  That’s what we…

Enveloped

Enveloped, first draft       9/28/17   The fog began as something deadly, The kind that tentacles reach out from, The kind a person could disappear into. This is the dense air that Morning Glories thrive in- Diffused light shields fragility, They happily shy away from their vibrancy.   On the highway we crawled our way forward,…

All About Jakey

You know, putting what I know aside, and looking only at the evidence from 1939 and before, I’m rooting for Jakey.  I mean, there was a time I was clearly on team Drobey and my heart melted with the way she began to feel for Johnny L., but she’s never called anyone “the love of…

June, 1939: Mostly About Johnny

I’ve already written a lot about June, 1939 in yesterday’s post.  It was a month full of late nights, dancing and dances, they are not always the same thing, driving around and parking, obviously very different things, and all the while she is working and living at home with her parents.  She admits to not…

April, May, and June, 1939: Babu Roars!

April, May, and June seem to be a wild time for Babu.  By June, Babu is doing more than burning the candles at both ends.  She’s thrown the candle right in the fire and she’s still going.  At first it was concerning and semed to be heading for a break down, it still might before…