Day 1 of European Trip


June 9  Saturday    Boston    (1934)

IMG_5400This is the first entry in my mother’s diary of her trip.  The day starts out with quite ordinary things.  She finished her packing after lunch.  Someone named George came at 6 p.m. and took her to Old France.  She danced, had a cocktail, and after a little trouble (unspecified) they got to the boat there in Boston at 8:10.  She lists the people who came to see them off.  And then she writes “After waving + waving sailed about ten”.  Then she notes the various gifts from friends, including roses from George.  She and Aunt Libby watched the lights of Boston as they sailed away.

There is another curious item about this entry in the diary.  She mentions  candy from Aunt Lena.  Lena is one of her father’s half sisters.  There is a family mystery about my grandfather’s half siblings.  This stirs me to dig a bit further to try to solve it.


Postcard Memories



I said postcards could stir memories of long ago.  This card is from a dear friend I had when I was a student at Berkeley in the turbulent ’60’s.  A friend who went back to when I was growing up in Belmont Mass.  In Berkeley she was like a grandmother to me.  A lively grandmother with whom I had lunch occasionally on the terrace.  From Berkeley I went to Kenya to do the research work for my PhD thesis.  What a surprise to receive this postcard from my lively grandmother traveling the world.  I think she must have been in her 80’s – as I am now.