Recently I was clearing out the book shelf (Yes I read physical books as well as e-books) and found a journal my dad had written back in 1932. I thought now why hadn’t I followed his lead?
I guess that was a side of my dad I never got to know and I did not come into the picture until 1939.
Mother and dad had only been married less than a year when he started his journal. Times were tough the “Great Depression” was in full swing and many were jobless. They were living in Arkansas City, Kansas.
As I read the entries some are funny, some sad and still other joyous. There was one entry on January 12, 1935 that the Dr. Pepper plant was robbed, the robbers got $12.50.
There are frequent entries about “Springhill” wonder what he is talking about? Dad wrote about working on the books and about directors meeting. (Note: looked up and it was a public golf course that is still in existence).
Times were difficult for my parents in the early 1930’s dad only managed to find temporary employment, but they were happy and very much in love. As I read about the simple events of life back then I wonder how we have become to distant from the wonder things in life like a simple drive in the country, going to visit friends or a picnic.
It seems that now days we rush to get some place and don’t have time to observe the blessings that surround us. Families do not spend time together like they did back then. I was surprised to see that dad often took care of my cousins at times when he was not employed.
Though I do not have children of my own to leave a journal for them to read I think journaling might be a way for me to better understand myself and a way of looking back on past happenings, both good and bad.
Why not share the things I learn was I begin to create my journal?
That is what this blog/journal will be about. I know a lot of the womenfolk have their diary, but for what I have seen not a lot of men take the effort to record happenings in their lives. Correct me if I am wrong.
The plan is to share at least some of my discoveries about journaling on a regular bases. If you would like to learn about journaling please subscribe to my weekly newsletter.