15 March 2012

Getting to Know Great Grandmothers - Part Three

Does anyone in your family have red hair?  Are some of your family members very tall or very short?  Do several generations of your family have distinctive features of one sort or another?

07 March 2012

Getting to Know Great Grandmothers - Part Two

What does "home" mean to you?  You may call home somewhere that at least one close older relatives lives, or lived, such as a parent or grandparent, or a place in which you grew up.  Have you ever considered your real home as a place where your grandparents grew up?

Perhaps at least one your grandparents mentions or mentioned their mother quite frequently to you.  If you have known a great grandparent yourself, you probably only did so through the eyes and mind of yourself as a very young child.

I am finding that learning about my great grandmothers can tell me quite a lot about myself.  Perhaps it is just because I am female, like they were.  Perhaps it is because I am interested in the topics of identity and belonging.

Explorations of family history can often become a reflection on the meaning of home.  You may have photographs or even painted portraits of great grandparents.  You may even have them on display in the place you currently call home.  Some of your ideas about interior decoration may even reflect the tastes or interests of at least one of your grandmothers.

How are your great grandmothers a part of your life today?