• sisters on a mission.

  • Three sisters. One in Virginia. One in London. One in New York. None of whom wear shorts. Ever.

  • the mission?

    Taking delight.
    Learning Italian.
    Getting to Italy.
    Wearing shorts.
    In Italy.
    June 2011.

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Dear Diary and new GOALS

I’ve just finished chapter six 6 in NOT and have two things I’ve been thinking a lot about.  1. How does the author know all that stuff? 2. How have women’s roles/place/acceptance (I could go on) really changed in the last 70 years?

So the first one.  In order for the author to have such detailed information – not only factual events, but feelings and perceptions – everyone must have kept daily, detailed diaries.  Not only does it seem they write in them all the time they must have held on to them and passed them on.  Did everyone do that?  Or is it just those that felt like they were in such positions of importance that they felt obligated to record history?  Do you think the President and the First Lady do that today?  And their kids and secretaries and aides and all the members of the House and Senate?  Or is everyone relying on the internet and blogs to not only record their lives but to also publish them to the world.  (do you know there is a national texting competition?) Hmm.  I wonder.  I never liked the idea of documenting my life and intimate thoughts on paper.  In fact found it kind of embarrassing.  But really, I wouldn’t have much to say that would need to find it’s way into history books.  Maybe that’s the difference.

Second thing plaguing me.  On the one hand Eleanor is out there making speeches at political events without FDR, lobbying for civil rights even though it may be against what her husband was supporting, writing columns – really following and communicating her own political agenda. Maybe because FDR couldn’t be out and about?  He seems to be totally supportive of her “work”.  It seems very ahead of the times.  But then there was the seemingly open and acceptable goings on FDR had with the other women.  What’s up with Missy?  and the Crown Princess of Norway?  Would that happen today?  I don’t think so.  Look at the Monica Lewinski thing (how embarrassing).

OK back to running.  We are moving on to a new GOAL!!  The 10K .  After realizing that we are floundering without a goal we decided to go from the couch (yes it’s back to the couch) to the 10K.  I’ve already downloaded my app.  My only concern is the weather and the darkness.  London from Oct to Mar is grim.  Really grim.  I can do it.  So watch this space.

Now for food.  I made the most delicious cheese soup the other day.

I know most cheese soups are grainy and too cheesy, but this is delicious.  Chop into nice little pieces some carrots, celery, onions (and I sometimes add little potato pieces) and sautee in butter.  Add a bay leaf.  After the veggies are getting soft add some flour.  Then a splash of wine.  Next some chicken stock and simmer until vegetables are done.  Then add some 1/2 and 1/2 and cheddar cheese.  S and P.  Delicious.


6 Responses

  1. You are way ahead of me girl. Just finishing Chapter 4 now. Lots of good thoughts.

    As to your first point – did you see the size of the bibliography? It’s huge! Can you imagine the effort it took to track down all of that information?

    At various points in my life, usually when people said I ought to (college, traveling, living abroad), I’ve tried to keep a journal on a consistent basis. I’ve never kept at it for any significant length of time. I’ve also tried keeping a gratitude journal without success. Scanning through old diaries made me realize I don’t want to share them with anyone else. They are far too personal and besides are generally filled only with trivialities and venting. I’ve shredded the contents of many of my old books.

    Having said that, some of my favorite books consist of diaries and letters – The Diary of Anne Frank and several of Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s. It’s a treat to be able to see inside someone else’s head. Anne was just an average girl in extraordinary times. Who’s to say that we might not be the same one day?

    Can’t speak to your second point – haven’t gotten that far in the book yet. But, yes, today it’s much harder to get away with any kind of hanky panky if you’re famous.

    Running – I’m ready to get going on a new goal. Otherwise I’m afraid I’ll backslide. We can do it!

    Soup – that looks yummy for a cold english winter. I will definitely have to try it.

  2. Yes, this book has a TON of research. And, people did keep diaries, and write letters back then. I suppose it’s not so different than blogging is now. I wonder, too, if presidents are expected to keep diaries. For the Presendential library, etc.

    The Missy thing is curious to me, too. I can’t imagine a president getting away with having such a woman so close in his life playing secretary/wife-substitute. It’s weird. But even though Eleanor was ahead of her times in some ways, it was still a patriarchical world they lived in, maybe it was just okay to men have various women “friends.” I like though that Eleanor had her share of friends, too.

    I’m ready to start the run, too! Tomorrow I’m starting, got my app, ready to go back to the couch. If we can make it through the summer, surely we can make it through to winter. Christmas is our destination. I like it.

    And. I need that soup.

  3. Re: the documentation of one’s thoughts (in private or public), there seems to be all kinds of “scientifically proven” benefits to oneself & others in doing this (historical, medical, etc.), but I confess, it can be difficult to do so openly or with any regularity. Thank goodness some people do it, though. Part of my mission in blogging is to explore this whole issue (see Mission Statement tab on my blog).

    And yet… I’m suddenly compelled to search & destroy that shoebox of “smail-mail” letters my husband & I kept from our long distance courtship [gulp!]. If someone ever publishes those, I sure hope I’m long dead!

    • I have some old letters from my husband during our long distance courtship as well. It’s fun to look back through them. If you figure out some sort of self-destruct mechanism let me know!

  4. Oh & go for the 10K, definitely! I might try for one next weekend (Oct. 10), though I don’t feel quite prepared. It’s getting cold up here… who wants to run, when one can sit indoors reading & eating good soup 😉

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