The Beginning of August, 1934

For the first eight days of August she is home sick.  She expects to be leaving the first Saturday and is not and states:  “Honestly I feel terrible.”  And:  “If I don’t have something to do here I’ll go screwy.”  So she paints her nails and goes to church and plays horse shoes and goes…

The End of July, 1934, Excerpts

She kinda breaks my heart with this: Wednesday July 18th, 1934 I borrowed a suitcase from Mrs. Gurka cause ours is old-fashioned. Hers is a brown one and quite large. I know I’ll be lonesome up there but I can’t turn back. This whole day through I was as if someone drugged me. It seemed…

End of July, 1934

The end of July had Babu feeling secluded and trapped, and slowly, she began to feel less that way.  She decided to go to camp, and left with out saying goodbye to Caveman.  It seems purposeful as she is angry at him for a slight and the next day is near him and doesn’t say…

The First two Weeks of July, 1934 Excerpts

Yesterday’s poem sprung out of the experience reading her latest diary entries with her.  However, it is the same as just being around her.  It is possible to go from snorting laughter, we gauge our days based on how much and what kind of laughter we get from her, to moments, like yesterday, when she…

The Merging

Does your life eventually condense into just a few stories? The ones you still remember?  The ones that won’t let you go? Nuances of a long life fade under the weight of so many years, so many memories. I talk like my grandmother has Alzheimer’s but she doesn’t. Yet she told me the same story…

First Half of July, 1934

I am thrilled to be transcribing summer again.  When I found the 1934 journal, I left a year older Babu off in 1935 in the height of summer.  I don’t know if it’s because I have always been in school, college for four years and then teaching for ten, but summer is unadulterated freedom.  It’s…

June, 1934 Excerpts Alternate title: Should I Play or Should I Go Now?

The Falcons is a group in support of Polish Americans with a focus on maintaining a healthy life through exercise.  Apparently they also have meets and compete against other groups and in June, 1934, Babu has been enlisted to compete in Basketball.  She’s a mess:   Wednesday, June 20th, 1934 Aggie told me today that…

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…

June, 1934

My job just got a lot harder!  She has been writing in a five year diary and half way through this month she must have realized that she wont keep this journal for five years or she received a new one for the next year, possible on her birthday.  So, she begins to fill the…

Layers like Pages in an Old Journal

Reading her journals has not changed my perspective on what person my grandmother is, but it has given me layers.  I always knew she was playful, dancing in her chair when I come dancing into the room, or making semi lewd jokes about fireworks, but I’ve also “seen” her playfulness with her high school friends. …

May, 1934, Excerpts: “Caveman”

Saturday, May 5th, 1934 I never knew how hateful it is to be snubbed. I should have expected it of “Cav.” But just the same it doesn’t help the hurt. I guess “Cav” isn’t very much in code… 😦 Sunday, May 6th, 1934 It got warm, everyone is out on the streets. Because I didn’t…

**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…