Letters to my grandchildren

Version 1

Dear Jenson

This last Christmas gone or maybe for my birthday when granny and I were 70 years of age, your mum and dad gave me a book to write to you about me, so you would have a record of things that could so easily get forgotten.

The book is called

Dear Grandad: from you to me – journal of a lifetime

I have renamed it Letters to my grandchildren

The book will contain written information, but the story could also be an audiofile. Please look after it, for yourself, and for any other grandchildren that may come along. I have written many other personal and family related pieces. They can be found on this site under family stories.

Version 2

Introduction – Dear Jenson and anyone else

This last Christmas gone or maybe for my birthday when granny and I were 70 years of age, your mum and dad gave me a book to write to you about me, so you would have a record of things that could so easily get forgotten. 

  The book is called ‘Dear Grandad: from you to me – journal of a lifetime’

  Please look after it, for yourself, and for any other grandchildren.

There have been a few problems. First is time. Serious writers allocate a daily writing routine which is deliberately selfish and excludes everything and everyone else. It needs your nearest and dearest, granny in my case, to agree. Broadly speaking she does let me get on with it, but things do creep in – like shopping and housework and social time. But as she says “That’s life”. So the project is taking a long time, especially as I like to keep up with my personal blog, but even that is an uphill struggle.

  Second the headlines suggested in the book your mum and dad gave me. They seem to be in the wrong order. For example, the family trees come after my first memories. To make a coherent story, I have arranged the articles in chronological order.

  Third duplication. Writing since 1990, I have a lot of archive material. It can get a bit muddled up. At best it is duplication, which can be no bad thing in a large piece of work. Bill Bryson tells us that no less a writer than Shakespeare made a fine mess of keeping his plays in some sort of order.

  Fourth with pieces from different eras, there are different styles and voices. Factual stuff about family trees and history take on a matter of fact feel. Describing emotional events such as a funeral or illness. Or the pains of growing – either leaving home yourself or watching your own children leave home or struggling with getting old. All these have a different tone.

  Fifth there could be problems with my memory – so a proportion of the writing could be inaccurate, though pieces written nearer 1990 are likely to be more valid than the recent ones.

 

(1) Time and place where I was born.

(2)  My earliest memories

(3) My Parents

(4)(5) Early family trees

(6)(7) Other interesting family members

(8) Places I lived as a child

(9)(10)(11) Pets toys and games/how did I entertain myself?

Football and Dalton Primary

Miscellaneous essays from my teenage years

Miscellaneous stories since leaving school