Sunday, January 19, 2014

Sunday, January 19, 1936

Cold and stormy & winds Zero weather-
Mother upset this afternoon-
Done all the chores and cleaned Mothers head and washed her neck and ears this afternoon-
Took my bath this P.M.
Iliff called this eve-
hurried away as roads were drifting

Tisha finished this book about a lost diary

I have been in a book club for 12 years with 3 of my closest friends, & I just finished reading The Red Leather Diary: Reclaiming a Life Through the Pages of a Lost Journal by Lily Koppel. The diary featured in the book covers a 5 year period, from 1929-1934, a similar time period to what I am exploring here, but worlds apart in many ways. The diarist, Florence Wolfson, was an ambitious 14 year old writing about her upwardly mobile life in New York City. There is the typical teenage angst, as well as a touch of glamor, & people who would be famous. 

In contrast, my great-grandmother was a 56 year old widow trying to survive in rural Central, NY, having to live & take care of 2 aged women, baking, cleaning, sewing. It sounds exhausting, but it was real life for so many, & a story worth telling. I hope you, the reader, enjoy delving into the past with me as I touch the surface of Irene Smith Dolton's life.

Thanks for reading,

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