I would guess that Grandpa (and later Grandma) kept their journals to have a record of daily activities. No need to go back and forth discussing what was served for supper last Sunday – the journal would settle it. Weather, golf scores, bedtimes . . . all noted. The pages don’t reveal many, if any, conversations; there are hardly any opinions expounded. Rather, the shape of each day shows up silhouetted from start to finish.
From Mary & Bob’s Journal 1979:
Thursday, August 2
Up at 7:45. Juice, toast, sausage, and coffee for breakfast.
Bob and Cy to course but heavy rain overnight caused course to be closed to carts until noon. Had coffee and went back home.
Bob got a haircut at 11:45.
Mary & Bob downtown for paper and coffee, back home at 1:55. No mail yet!!
2:25 – left for Adrian to pick up prescription and eye drops. Also stopped at Rink’s [?] and had late lunch – Burger Chef. Stopped at Mowry’s on way home. Visited there about two hours, arriving home around seven. Polly stopped in for a few minutes and Burke and Ruth [my great uncle & aunt] also visited for a while.
To bed about 11:35.
I hope Grandma and Grandpa knew that they would have left an imprint even if we never found the spiral notebooks. Maya Angelou said it best:
“ . . . people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Sweet dreams, Grandma & Grandpa. Thank you for making us feel loved.