This is my story of my mom's mom,
Up until now, I had thought of my mom's mom as the crazy relative from New Jersey that we avoided talking about. Because all I knew about my Grandmother was that she had a breakdown in New Jersey during the Great Depression when my mom was 4. She lost it one day and she tried to jump off a building holding her 4 year old daughter/my mother. She was sent away for the standard back in those days for depressed, overwhelmed housewives, shock treatment. She was unresponsive the rest of her life after what that did to her brain and she lived the rest of her days in a "home". I knew nothing about who my Grandmother was as a young girl.
was talking about my ancestors on my mothers side.
But it wasn't talking about the stories I had heard,
about struggling to survive in the 1930's,
in Newark, N.J., during the Great Depression.
IT WAS TALKING ABOUT THE DIVERSIFIED FAMILY FARM,
All I could think to say was,
The book has a chapter about my grandmother, Ethel Litchfield, the tomboy. When it was time for chores, Ethel was no where to be found. She would rather be out playing with the boys.
Ah Haaa, so maybe thats where my tom boy spirit comes from!
Who wants to do housework when you could be on an adventure?
all things dairy comes from!
Ah Haaa, so maybe thats where my love of horses
But most important to me in this book, are copies of the two letters that my Grandmother wrote in August, 1933, when she was 21 and decided to leave the family farm and HITCH-HIKE, AND WALK, ACROSS THE COUNTRY, ACROSS THE GRAND CANYON, TO VISIT HER GRANDMA!
(BEV'S BUCKET LIST: #1, TRIP TO PHANTOM RANCH,
LEAVE 50 CENTS WHERE THE SUN DON'T SHINE.)
(MY GRANDMA HIGH HEELED IT AT THE GRAND CANYON?
YOU GO GIRL!!!)
THERE WAS NO MORE FAMILY FARM WITH "FRESH HOMEMADE BREAD & BUTTER WITH RADISHES FROM THE GARDEN AND ALL THE FRESH WARM MILK YOU COULD DRINK, RIGHT FROM NATURES SOURCE" FOR HER TO GO TO IF HER CHILDREN WERE HUNGRY.
Here was this woman I had never met and knew nothing about, and yet I was finding out how we shared many of the same characteristics, and shared many of the same struggles, even though our outcomes, hopefully, will be much different.