Friday, March 7, 2014

Missing the Boat

Sometimes I completely miss the boat. It's not that I'm not there on time, it's that I misunderstood the directions. Or, in the case of this analogy, I didn't read the boarding time properly.
 
The boat in this instance is Donna's Photo Challenge for March, which is Words and Letters. Without further excuses, I share my offerings.

~One of my grandmother's many scrapbooks~

~Memory Lane~

Sometime — perhaps —
You'll think of me
And some kind things I've done
And maybe —
They'll place the bad ones back
One by one —


It was a poignant journey down Memory Lane made more so by the remembrance that I had had "no time" to sit and chat with my grandmother about her scrapbooks. I'd change that today, if only I could. I'm just so darned good at missing the boat.
 
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55 comments:

  1. I've said that so many times about my parents. They talked alot about their growing up years and early married years but did I write anything down? Nope. And now I don't remember any of those conversations. I've wished so much that I'd been smart enough to have a tape recorder handy for those times. Love that scrapbook.

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  2. We all miss out Vee. We take people and things for granted - that they'll always be there to ask questions and share stories. Your grandmother's scrapbook tells a story though, of the life and time she lived in. I like your examples for the words and letters challenge. Enjoy the warmish reprieve from the cold this weekend!

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  3. I think we've all missed the boat at one time or another. Time flies ... you have the scrapbooks. Stay warm and enjoy the weekend.

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  4. I hear you. I was thinking of my grandmother this weekend and how much she loved Lindsay and would have loved to be at her wedding! I am hoping she can look down from heaven and see her girl, and how beautiful she was.

    Neat that your grandmother had those scrapbooks. Its a picture into her life. I don't have anything like that for my grandma.

    Deanna

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  5. Yep..hear you..I think we all 'miss the boat' at some point and time..and in my case..happening a lot lately. Blessings

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  6. How wonderful though that you have that scrap book.

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  7. What precious memory books to keep and enjoy. And we never have enough time...never ever. Great choice for the challenge today! Sweet hugs, Diane

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  8. I love that you have a notebook made by your grandmother. How special that it belongs to you. I wish I had more "talks" with my grandmother, too. All those stories are long lost now. xo Diana

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  9. You're certainly not alone on that deck. "They say hindsight's 20/20, but I'm nearly going blind, from staring at your photograph, and wishing you where mine ..." [country song] I think we've all done that. I miss my Mom, but I was a snot nosed little 10 year old when she was called Home. Many a time I wish I could have talked to her about anything but that ship has sailed. And all I have is her photograph and a few memories. C'est la vie! ~:)

    PS: For anyone following Linda Eller at "Me And Mine" blog she has moved to: http://lindaeller3.blogspot.com/ . I'm trying to help her find all her "followers" that may have gotten lost in the original blog crash. :)

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  10. I think all of us at some point in our life "miss the boat." Your scrapbook is simply precious, Vee, and what a treasure to have! I often think of my dear Grandma Betty who passed away almost a year ago.... did you know that the night before she went into surgery I called her, but there was no answer so I left a message on her voice mail. It was a Sunday night so I left for church after calling her and when I got home I thought I should call again, but since she lived in Canada I thought maybe it was too late to call since the time is 2 hours ahead of me..... I never got to hear her voice again because she passed away shortly after the surgery I missed the boat for sure! I should have just called even if I thought is was too late. Anyway, I hope you have a lovely weekend, sweet lady!

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  11. Such a treasure you have in this scrapbook. It seems most of us feel that we "missed the boat." Missed opportunities that we wish we could go back and re-do.
    Your grands are so fortunate to have your extraordinary blog as a treasured keepsake.
    Hope you both feel better and have a nice day. Mildred

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  12. Oh, what a treasure you have here! You have a peek into your grandmother's heart...what she loved, how she thought, what she valued. It's a treasure to have her handwriting too, as handwriting is so personal.

    I think that you have met Donna's photo challenge in a fine way.

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  13. What a wonderful treasure you have Vee, I am thinking that we all might would change a few things in our life, I know I would, I find God's amazing gift to you here as your sweet grandmother left such a beautiful legacy. How well I remember when she lived with you, I loved her wit and how you allowed us to get to know her as well as your Mother, both so precious, I grew to know you better through your sharing of these precious ladies.Some of the most precious gifts from our heavenly Father are memories both tangible and non- tangible. Thank you for sharing.
    Hugs,
    Sue

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  14. Now that is a treasure! As for 'missing the boat'....you are in good company. We always seem to think we will have tomorrow to say what should be said and ask those things that need asking. I remind myself often that I have this moment today. Use it!

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  15. How amazing you have a grandmother's scrapbook - and what lovely clippings, printed and written words, she collected and pasted inside. That poem, "Now That You're Away" really touched my heart!

    I did have my mother share some of her history thankfully - and I wrote much of it down. I know so little about my father's background though as he was raised in foster homes and never wanted to talk about it. I saw a photo of his mother - my grandmother - for the very first time just a few years back when it surfaced through another family member. I was stunned - we have such similar hands with long fingers and predominant veins. She is holding a newspaper and standing in front of a cottage in England - it really tore at my heartstrings!

    Happy weekend Vee - Mary X

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  16. You didn't miss the boat on the challenge, Miz Vee! I think you hit this one squarely and rocked us all emotionally too. The scrapbook is a precious remembrance of your grandmother, and each entry is a look into her thinking and values. The 3rd photo with the handwriting is so haunting! Thank you for reminding us that words and letters are avenues to our souls and how fleeting time can be.

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  17. My post for this challenge will go up later today. I say that because we were definitely on the same wavelength here with subjects to photograph.
    My grandmothers feature in mine and I also enjoyed thinking about them.
    Lovely remembrances of your grandmother, Vee. I hope your weekend will hold joy.

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  18. Because of the language barrier with my grandparents on both sides I missed the boat a lot. There was no sitting down and talking much at all. It was also hard to have conversations with my folks because of the language problems. As I grew older I envied friends of mine who could sit down and have a long conversation with their parents and both sides were "getting" what the other was communicating. Glad you have the scrapbook.

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  19. What a treasure! Do you suppose your blog will be your "scrapbook" one day?

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  20. How did you miss the boat, and what boat? Your selections are perfect and yes, bring forth emotion. I was just thinking today how there are still questions I need to ask my mother. Life seems full of unanswered questions. Hope you're feeling better and have a good weekend.

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  21. Feel better my friend on all accounts. My post from yesterday is similar in thought.

    xo

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  22. I feel like I lost so many opportunities with my grandparents. I was young, and I didn't listen. Now I would give anything to be able to talk to them again. Life is so short.

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  23. I understand completely.
    I wish when we are young we could understand how important our Grandparents and parents are to our lives.
    We take so much for granite when we are young I know I did.
    I have a picture scrap book of my Mom's and the family has taken out several pictures however she touched it and I have it now to touch

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  24. Oh how wonderful to have this treasure! We all miss the boat in this way I believe....perhaps I should start a scrapbook of sorts for my future generations with this in mind?

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  25. bwaaaaaaaa.....that ole boat sailed without me, too !!
    and, now, thank you very much for an inspiration for a post about my daddy.

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  26. I think we have all missed that boat more than once. This was beautifully reflective, and I love those old scrapbooks too.

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  27. I think we all miss the boat at times. How special it is that you have your grandmothers scrapbook.

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  28. Vee
    It's apparent your G'Mother was a lover of words!
    It's so nice you have her scrapbook.
    I wrote the first verse down as I thought it might be handy to give to my children someday.
    Hopefully I won't need it!

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  29. Oh goodie, I'm not alone :) I love scrap books. I have a small one that I put quotes in, either handwritten or cut out and glued in. I wish I had started one myself years ago.

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  30. I think we all miss the boat now and again. Thanks for sharing a little peak into your grandmother's scrapbook. That's an amazing remembrance to leave behind. I wonder what scraps of my life will linger for family to 'know' me by. You've got me thinking.

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  31. What a treasure! Her handwriting is lovely, and another priceless piece.

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  32. Your not the only one that misses the boat from time to time lol ! Lovely scrap books full of wonderful memories ! I do like your header very pretty ! Thanks for sharing . . Have a good weekend !

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  33. I think you caught the boat just fine Vee and I'd love to look through your grandmother's scrapbooks myself.

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  34. I wonder if our Pinterest boards are our scrapbooks now?? Making scrapbooks was such a lovely past-time and seeing one can tell you so much about a person. It's wonderful you have it. I read my great-aunt's diary from 1943, so interesting, and helped me feel as if I knew her much better.

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  35. Oh sweet friend, I missed the boat too. We are of like mind today..letting a few regrets slip into our day, through our memories. My post was on the past as well.

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  36. Wonderful to have a remembrance of your grandmother in her own handwriting. Very precious.

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  37. Oh gosh Vee, what a treasure to have your Grandma's scrapbook. I think that missing the boat would be not having it at all. Happy weekend to you and I hope you're feeling better. xo

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  38. what an amazing memory keeper, to read things she written to touch what she so carefully kept, that is amazing, thank you for sharing this,

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  39. I LOVE this Vee! I have my Meme's journal. She kept account of everything purchased and the reasons for it. I broke down in tears when I reached the day Meme's "man", my Grandfather I never got to meet, drown in a pond he had purchased to raise frogs. The funeral expenses were entered then nothing as if her life ended that day too. She had written things down on pieces of paper and stuck them in the journal. She loved educational facts like a list of the Presidents, a list of the states and their capitals, etc. She also stuck in papers with notes about who was who in her family and my Grandpa's family. What a treasure! I felt like I had found GOLD!
    Your treasured scrapbook is Awesome!! I am so happy that you have such an important insight to your Grandma's creativity.

    Many blessings, Edie Marie

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  40. What a beautiful treasure! It makes me wish for such wonderful visible keepsakes from my grandmothers.

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  41. hi Vee, I wasn't sure if I had rejoined to follow you, I have been so busy trying to catch up so I joined again,

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  42. Your grandmother was undoubtedly a very special and thoughtful lady. It's okay, you have probably "absorbed" more of her than you realize. Waste no time on regret. Celebrate who she was and who you are. She would appreciate that, I think.
    P.S. Thanks for visiting me on my blog, and especially for leaving a comment. My blog exists only marginally, and it feels a little less lonely to have a visit from a blogger I admire.

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  43. This is a treasure...late or not! XOXO

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  44. What a treasure you have in your grandmother's scrapbook. You were blessed to have your mother and grandmother so long. I have a feeling most of us have regrets. I regret that my mother, who passed much too soon, didn't tell me many stories of her past and of her hopes and dreams or what she liked and didn't like. I have learned more about my mother from my aunt (her sister) than I ever did from my mother. I treasure her stories.





















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  45. love love love this post. I mean, seriously love it. How blessed you are to have this treasure. I know what you mean about not sitting down and talking with her about them. I think everybody it like that. Oh, if I could go back and talk and LISten to mine I would in a heartbeat.

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  46. Well dear, you certainly didn't miss the boat on the challenge. You nailed it. What a precious remembrance you have there!

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  47. Beautiful......it's such a joy to be able to read the thoughts put down so many years ago. I don't have much of my own family but I do have some wonderful scrapbooks and old autograph books from Louis Dean's wife's mother and grandmother. I love seeing the writing of those from years past......

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  48. How wonderful that you have this treasure from your grandmother!

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  49. Great photos and precious memories and keepsakes Vee. You are so lucky to have the scrapbooks. We all miss that same boat- not appreciating the older generation and their stories/knowledge/wisdom until it's too late. The Pennsylvania Dutch have a saying: We are too soon old and too late smart. How true!!

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  50. If it's any comfort at all, that boat has a lot of passengers, including myself many times. Lovely scrapbook. I have my grandmother's scrapbook too, with many of her personal poems. It's so nice to have those links to the past.

    And I just wanted to thank you for that quotation from Bonhoffer (Sunday). That is so profound and so worth remembering!

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  51. That scrapbook looks like it is in excellent condition, Vee, and that it contains so many interesting clippings. I think no matter how much time we spend with our loved ones, we always regret that we did not have more time to do and say more. We are all given just a moment in time to live, but an eternity to be with the Lord in afterlife. That is joy to hold to when we miss our loved ones!

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  52. Oh Vee I definitely missed the boat or the challenge. Great post and I loved reading it. I hope my grands feel that way about all my journals and blogging. I have none from my grandmothers or grandfathers.

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  53. I wouldn't say that you missed the boat at all. It's okay to arrive late! Thank you kindly for sharing something so special to you.

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