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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Projects I Still Haven't Got Round to Doing


Lately I seem to be thinking more and more of the things I want to do before I die. In particular I want to make some sense of all the photographs I have -- especially of past generations. I have pretty well organized those of the present -- into albums and computer files. But I have hundreds, probably thousands of old photographs. And I would like to make a written record about some of them.

Yesterday would have been my mother's  97th birthday and so I began a photo album of her that I should have started a long time ago. Well, it's a beginning...

Paris 1945
However, there is a much bigger project that I must stop putting off and get on with -- my father's war letters to my mother. They are all in tact and all in their original envelopes. What is interesting to me about them is his account of what he was doing -- sometimes what he was up to! So much of what I know about World War II is newsreel accounts and historical documentation. Movies try to give you a flavour of what life was like for the soldiers. but his first-hand account is a very personal one describing a lot about what he  'got up to'!

So what I want to do is make the letters available to other members of the family. And I wonder how best to do this. Should I scan them and print them off into some kind of book. Should I type them up as well and make both part of the chronicle?

Best to get started, methinks. But not now -- dinner's on and blogging takes up time  and there goes another day! And I still haven't finished with Portugal... Not to mention French studies, brushing up on Italian and final alterations to the new kitchen...

10 comments:

  1. I like the idea of scanning them into a book, so that others can read them as he wrote them, in his handwriting. Great idea! :-)

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  2. That's an interesting project. I think at this stage, we all start to think about editing aspects of our lives, having lived quite a few years and having accumulated so much in so many ways, and of course having the time. I'm busy editing and organising photos at the moment too, but not yet ready to sort through my mother's old photos. One day.

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  3. Any documentation is good, and very time consuming. I spent close to a year. My kids are not interested--yet.

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  4. What is your father standing on, a newspaper?

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  5. I think it's wonderful that you have all those wartime letters from your father to your mother. You're right - the newsreels only supply the cold facts. I think your project is a brilliant idea. wishing you lots of success.

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  6. It would probably make a fascinating book for others, not just family members.

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  7. Lovely idea though and it will be so satisfying to you when it is finished.

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  8. Personal histories of soldiers are always interesting, to me. Get it done!

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  9. Oh how I feel related to this!!! Getting past ones midlifeline(??) makes a lot of things popup in vision. Mostly because cupboards get overcrowded for some odd reason and there it is: your own and your familys history in piles or in boxes, stored away for that right moment that never seems to appear... I've learned one thing though; get to it right away!! Old letters should be handled with caution but the old photos...tricky. If you do scan them and make a book digitally, you still need to keep them somewhere. The letters I have in my possesion, along with old postcards and suchlike, are stored in boxes. I wish you good luck and I will dive into my own piles right away!!!

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  10. Love the idea of your father's letters made into a book. It's something we all need to read, again and again. The history of war from a personal inside view. Do it, please. I've learned that nobody, not even family, is as interested in my photographs as I am. Sad but true. Good luck on this worthy project.

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