My name is Kara. I’m a history teacher, crafter, and all around history nerd. The mission here is rather a lot like a family history, only instead of just collecting facts, anecdotes, and documents about my great-grandmothers, I’m going to try to live like them. Key word: try. These lily soft hands haven’t seen a day of work in their little lives and from what I do know about my great-grandmothers, they weren’t exactly languishing around Martha’s Vineyard, agonizing over whether to play croquet or racquetball next.
First thing’s first: If I’m going to live like my great-grandmas, I’m going to need to learn a lot more about them. My project for January is to make connections with my family members and learn a little bit more about each of my great grandmas – one per week. (Given that it’s already the 9th, we’ll see how that actually goes.)
The first great-grandma I’m going to look into is my GG Loney, pictured here on her wedding day. From what I can remember, I think she is the one who was married to a bootlegger (Great-Grandaddy Loney). They also ran a cabin resort on Lake Superior. She is, I am told, the genetic source of my epic belch, known as the Loney Yodel. Further, GG Loney is the mother of my only living grandparent, so I’m anticipating that this research will be a little bit easier to dig into.
Just to make things a little bit more interesting and to properly live like my great-grandmothers, I will be doing my initial research the old fashioned way: by letter. The art of the letter, as I’m sure you’ve heard, has been lost and it is my intention to perfect my script while making my sweet Grandma Kingsley delighted with a heartfelt letter. Besides, I’ve purchased some very cute floral stationary for just this purpose (which is a lot harder to find than you’d think).
Depending on how long the mail service takes and how long my grandmother takes to respond, I hope to have an update for you by next week. Until then!