The final week of this brilliant class. Ali’s suggestion was to decide which week had been your favourite and create another LO using the same principles. I chose week 4, the week which dealt with how to tell those difficult or emotional stories that we all have. In week 4, I created a DLO about my brush with breast cancer. In week 13, I’ve created a single page about the unkind comment my Gran made when she knew that I would have to wear glasses.
That memory is a story that I have long wanted to get down on a page; I just didn’t know how to go about it. There was also a sense of disloyalty to my Gran. I believe that she loved me, but I also believe that she found it almost impossible to show her love. Or at least, she did with me. It saddens me that I don’t have any memories of my Gran where she was openly loving and demonstrative towards me. She always compared me to my sister and cousin, and it was always unfavourable. You know, I used to blame my sister for that, as if she had somehow engineered it, but, as she pointed out to me fairly recently, it wasn’t her fault that Gran behaved that way.
And talking to my Auntie, who was also the recipient of unkind and cruel words, last month helped to clear some stuff up. We came to the conclusion that Gran didn’t always mean to be unkind, although sometimes she did mean it. She just didn’t know any other way to be.
And technically, this means that the Yesterday & Today class is complete. But I know that this isn’t the case, because I shall be adding pages to the album as I remember family stories or memories that I want to document.