I am leaving the majority of the photos as they came out of the camera. So I apologize if they are too underexposed for you to read the writing that is in them.
Leaving these photos dull, worn out and dingy ... helps to explain this book.
Besides, I have a lot of Irish Creme on board... Im a bit lazy right now...
While going through Ruby's things ( Jillians Great grandmother) I found this worn.. velvet looking book that I scooped up to look at later.
Once I opened it.. I honestly fell in love.
This was... Minnie's .. graduation book.
Who is Minnie? My very first question!
Honestly.. I have no clue.. But given the dates, and the time that Ruby was born I will assume from here on out that Minnie is Ruby's mother. Though do understand, I have no proof of that.
Ruby died a couple of years ago to what I believe is a case of undiagnosed Crones disease. All the side effects Noddy had, and then some. Though Ruby refused to see a doctor, we all knew something was wrong. We finally had to get her to a nursing home because she could no longer even walk to the bathroom on her own and jillian was less then one year old. I could not take care of her safely and take care of Jillian.
She died about 3 weeks after she was admitted.
I miss that woman.
She had a VERY unique smell to her that I often get a whiff of in Jillians room.
Her family was a some what well to do family. Not filthy rich by any means.. but were well off enough to have retirement funds, college funds, vacation funds etc. With their income level I would guess them to have been about upper middle class in todays society.
Ruby, once she was an adult, left home to go to school.
A quick story from her explained to me one day that she lived in a tent during the depression. She never spoke more of it.
So Im going through her things.. I find her grade school diploma and high school diploma followed by many college certificates....
then I find this -
In this book, I read many notes to Minnie. Many short poems and hand drawn images.. hand painted flowers.. and even preserved roses and lillys from Minnies graduation.
The handwriting is impeccable.
I can almost SEE thier physical poise.. their dress.. their manners...
I can hear their way of speaking.
Their words are as deliberate as the action of forming each of their letters.
It is almost as if their own handwriting is seen as a work of art... a reflection of them..
Im in love.
There were a few that I had to raise the contrast on so that you could even SEE the writing on the page.
Some of these are so faded, if it were not for being able to feel the dents in the paper, I may not have known there was writing.
This one is one of my favorites.
It isnt 'fancy' like the others.. it is simple writing.. simple meaning..
You really get the idea that THIS may have been one of Minnies really close friends..
Mrs D.L. Haggard
Give this to Ruby Walker
May 20, 1930
age 10 years
This is easily one of the most beautiful things I have ever had the pleasure to read.