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My mother's journal

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous in Parenting' started by rajmiarun, Sep 18, 2007.

  1. rajmiarun

    rajmiarun Gold IL'ite

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    I was just looking into the old woodden boxes that my mom had. All those years I had thought that she had stored old and big utensils that cannot be used on a day to day basis. But I was stunned to see some good old files and folders and old diaries and journals. All with valuable informations that are useful for our generations and for more further generations to come.

    That gave me an idea. Why not me start writing a journal get it ready to be handed over to my daughter when she gets married (though it is long way to go.....).

    While browsing through, I was so intrigued by the collections. My great grandmother had written some recipies and so is my grandmother. My grandmother had collected some old and rare songs, which the yesteryear kings and queens of carnatic music have sung. The krithis were not heard of today but when sung gave great pleasure.

    So I took lots of notes from them and when asked why is that she is storing all these, she told that she is planning to hand over to her grandchildren. Wow a collection of close to 5 generations.

    On a gist the journals, notes, folders and diaries contained the following:

    1. Slokas for all occasions

    2. Home decorating tips and tricks

    3. Kolams

    4. Designs to use in girls frocks

    5. Health tips

    6. Cooking tips and tricks

    7. Rituals to be followed during festivals

    8. Traditions to be followed during functions (like Sumangali Prarthanai etc.)

    9. Recipies

    10. Crafts

    11. Stiching

    12. Family Tree

    13. Phone numbers and addressess of relatives(constantly updated)

    14. List of items needed to be purchased everymonth for a family

    The list goes on and on. Infact I listed out close to 25 such categories. All useful ones.

    Why dont we all follow that old tradition and make a online journal for our future generation?
     
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  2. Shanvy

    Shanvy IL Hall of Fame

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    hi rajmi,

    Your mom has given you a cool gift.....

    i also maintain one...for both my children...

    the lyrics of the songs...they like.
    the slokas...
    the old photos.....with the dates and occassion.
    recipes.....
    Family traditions....

    but your list gives me a few more ideas.....:2thumbsup:
     
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    rajmi,
    u r lucky to have had a visionary person, my grandmom was a walking encyclopedia of medicine but unfortunately all went with her, even now my mom is here but blind, now u are giving me an idea hope to fill it, should get all the herbal medicine list from her for the babies, it used to be so good to put all together on the sandal wood paste maker and give it to the babies..sunkan
     
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    Hi Shanvy,
    Thanks. I am also preparing a separate one than my mother's for my kids. I am happy that I have given you some ideas.
     
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    hi Sunkan,

    yeah pls do it and share it with all of us too. We all could add it in our journals.
     
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    hi Sunkan,

    yeah pls do it and share it with all of us too. We all could add it in our journals.
     
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