Sunday, March 13, 2011
Fearless Females: Moment of Strength
I'm not sure which story to write about regarding courage or strength in a difficult situation, as there are many that come to mind. My mother dealing with cancer. My grandmother Bonnie losing her husband when he was 53. My great-aunt Vera losing two babies. My great-grandmother June being an orphan at 2. Everyone who survived the economic hardships of the Great Depression. The list could go on and on. For many, the concept of hardship was simply unknown, addressed as just "part of life". Today we take so much for granted and we look back and wonder how they made it. They made it because the alternative - to give up, was simply not an acceptable alternative.
As I look at my family history, I note that so many of the stories of the women in my family have been untold, and thus lost to history. What bits and pieces I can cobble together are told from the perspective of the men in their lives through the lens of the social and economic history of the period. I'm glad that I've been able to interview my mother and father recently about those relatives they knew, before another generation's tales are lost.