Prompt #2 for the September Blog Challenge (you can go to www.braveloveblog.com to see the prompts in detail) that I am taking part in asks me to describe my perfect day.
My first reaction was to say spending the day scrapbooking, with my favorite and closest friends that I have met throughout this year. Maybe even having them all come to Hawaii and we could sightsee, shop, relax on the beach and take selfies. Then go and scrap those fun and amazing moments with them. And while this would be amazing!! Having great conversation in person with these amazing women I have come to know as friends. I feel like thinking about a day when I can meet up with them, is a little too easy of an answer.
True, yes, but really it doesn’t take much thought to come up with tons of things we could do together and have a blast doing them. I think for me doing this blog challenge is really to step outside of how I have been doing blog posts and really bring who I am out in this challenge. I want you readers to feel connected when you read, understand me a little more. When I make decisions in scrapbooking it is from all the collected things that happened in the past bubbling up to create something new.
Anyway back to the prompt for a minute. When I really think about this question, it makes me think about the impossible!
I LOVE history. In high school my favorite movie was Joan of Arc, with LeeLee Sobieski. Maybe because I felt like I could relate being a teen or I just love learning about a girl who stood firm when so many didn’t believe her.
Even now some of my favorite stories and movies take me back in time, when things are so different from all the things we have today. And I also wonder how I would fare among such strong people!
After I was married I started looking into my families ancestry. I was always curious about the stories of my family. How history played out for my family. What it looked looked for them, and what traits were based down through our bloodline.
When of the coolest stories I found was a letter written from a cousin to one of my husbands family members. He explained a story of my husbands third time great grandfather stowaway on a ship going from Ireland to Canada, in a hemp barrel with a friend. After being found nearly dead when the ship landed in Canada, someone from the ship felt pity on him and took care of him. Teaching him about mining and his religion. After some time he fell in love with this man’s daughter and they were married. Later they made the trip from Nova Scotia to Pennsylvania to mine. Along the way his wife had given birth. I couldn’t imagine doing all those things!!
To meet one of or all of my past family members when they were alive would be amazing. Just to soak up their wisdom, knowledge and fervor to make their lives better for their children.
I mean isn’t that scrapbooking is all about?!! Telling these stories, of our lives, our struggles, our successes, our faults, and our heart. I am reminded of a quote that was used for the inspiration piece for The Crafty Maven Getaway (A Youtube crafty channel). It said,
And really that really what history is, what scrapbooking is. All these little things add up and become BIG things that steers our future.
My perfect day would be to spend time with my family way back in history. Take in the sights of a world uninterrupted by phones and technology. Breathe in the clean air of the countries my family’s roamed. I know for the most point my family were just normal but their normal is what brought my family to this normal now. They took part in making history for all of us, even if it was living life normally for that time.
I would go back to when my family came across a great ocean and rode to a future that maybe was unimaginable to them but held such promise. I would sit at the royal banquet table of a feast in England, taking in all the beauty of the ladies dresses or the art hanging on the walls. I would sit at the side of my husband’s 3rd time great grandfather’s mother as he kissed her for the last time, leaving so he have a better life. I would watch as my 10th great aunt sat on the witness stand telling of how she saw her brother kill her sister with an axe. I would go back to and help plow the cold ground at dawn with my 3rd time great grandfather. I would go back and ride the train across New York looking for work in the early 1930s with my great grandfather.
I think all these moments in time would be so cool to witness. Them living their lives no matter how easy or hard that was for them. Them making history for me, my history! I think in many ways this is really why I scrapbook, to keep my history alive. One day my 3rd time grand daughter may want to go back and know what it was like living in a time that she could hardly imagine!!
I hope you are all enjoying getting a look into me. I am really finding it fun to take a different approach this month on some of my blog posts!!
Until next time, Aloha and have an inspired day!!