knowing and telling of stories

In case you were wondering the status of the great and arduous process, here’s an update.
This is what It looked like when I finished through 2002.

Each of those boxes was chock full of photos.
I finished the preliminary sort and purge, and returned to those boxes only the photos about which I wanted to share stories. Or photos I wanted the girls to be able to decide what to keep and what to purge.
There are five finished boxes, in those boxes, I sorted the pictures into the following categories.
Thing 1 only
Thing 2 only
the Things together
me
Mommie, Daddie, and Grandaddy (yeah, all in one box, but I only had five)

Of course then I had to bring the rest of the boxes upstairs.

At this point, I’ve gotten through 2004. I haven’t looked at photos since Saturday last. I needed a break this week.
As I sort, if it’s for one of my girls, I write the year and who’s in the pic on the back. First and last names and where the photo was taken if I know. That’s to help jog their memories.

In addition to sorting out photos for the girls, I’m setting some aside to be sent to other people. My intent is to box these up and put them in the mail just as soon as I finish the initial sort and purge. I’m only writing the date on the backs of these.

From left to right, these stacks will be sent to the following people:
Becca
Nicole
the next two are for my cousins
Brooke
Sundance
Sally
the Things father

Grandaddy was on each of these ships.
Either in WWII or Korea.
With a teeny bit of research, I was able to verify which ship was which and label accordingly.
This Golden Dragon thing was kind of cool, I just wish I knew more about it.

I have all his Navy information in a container in the basement. I’m hoping to connect each ship with his time on it, as well as locate his ribbons, dog tags, etc. and compile all that information in one place. For what purpose? Well, in the meantime, just for me. If at some point Thing 2 wants it, yay!, if not, equally yay!, it’s her choice.

It’s interesting to learn more about the man who raised me. He never talked about himself, or his life. As far as we knew, he didn’t exist until the day I was born. He was simply Grandaddy. My mom didn’t talk about his life either, or her own. I grew up knowing practically nothing about the people who raised me.
I tried to do that differently when I became a mom.
I want those girls to know who I am and why. That in addition to being their Momma, I’m a girl. A human being with thoughts and feels and plans and dreams and a sense of humor and flaws. And love.
Knowing and telling each other’s stories is so important!

I’m planning to go back to the photos this coming week.
But today, YBW and I are going to set up the porch! After his cleaning and protective sealing of the porch a couple weeks ago, I purposely waited. I wanted to let the pollening happen before we set it up for porch life. But I’m tired of waiting! I’m looking at the oak trees and realize I simply don’t have the patience to outlast them.
We’re going to set up rugs and furniture and umbrellas today.
Then I’ll be able to go out and porch life whenever I please!

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10 thoughts on “knowing and telling of stories

  1. You know the value of stories, that’s all we leave behind when we die. The pictures keep the stories alive.
    You are going to make some people happy when they receive their pictures, and over and over again every time they look at them.
    Wonderful, thoughtful gift!

  2. Wow, your picture sorting is moving right along. Kudos for writing info on the back. My mom did that and I love it now. My picture sorting easily stalls out. I just found 6 USB drives full of pictures to add to the project. Sigh. However, I also found very old pictures of my mom’s family and that is very interesting. Well, I have no deadline, therefore I refuse to have guilt.

    • No deadline is helpful! And no guilt is SO everything! ❤
      I have one of those black boxes full of CDs. That’s all photos too. My plan is to put everything digital on a hard drive.
      I’m grateful for any info on photos, because at this point anyone I could ask is already gone. I hope the girls find it helpful.

  3. That sounds delightful

    • I mean, what’s finished is delightful, and when it’s all finished it’ll be even more so. Right now it’s really just bittersweet.
      I’m glad I get to take y’all on the journey! ❤

  4. I am so impressed with your photo organizing and it is motivating me to do the same!! Love that you are preserving stories for generations to come!

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