As some of you have shared things their grandmothers had made, I was thinking a lot about my granny and the beautiful items she had made. Was it possible that I didn’t have one little piece? She had made lovely dresses for my and my sister’s dolls, knitted and sewed ones. She had made me a rug I had had in my dorm in college. However, I could not find anything in my house. Then, this very morning, while dusting the counter in the kitchen, ta-dah! I saw the place mat my granny had made for me. They are 100 percent linnen with hand sewn hems but very plain. Their colour is mustard or honey depening on the light. I’m happy that I finally found a self- and handmade reminder of my grandmother.
Last week I talked about family trees in class and had drawn one of my family to show and explain to the students. I had a few photographs with me to make the explanation more personal. The picture of the old man laying on the sofa is my grandfather. Because he died early (in fall 1962, when I was about half a year old), I can’t remember him. The litte person on his belly is me. It’s pretty obvious why this picture is one of my favourites. The second picture shows my grandmother as I remember her. She died in June 1990.
That’s it for today’s
at Claudia’s in New Jersey.