By Kathleen V. Cairns, Eliane Leslau Silverman

This can be a e-book approximately reminiscence & that means. those texts convey to mild the reflections & tales that ladies have developed round the gadgets they've got precious, which some time past can have been deemed unimportant. those items include every one woman's lifestyles adventure & act as a beginning for her values & for the improvement of her personality. The items are usually handed alongside to different girls or passed all the way down to kin, thereby connecting generations of girls & making a collective women's background. Culled from interviews with over 100 diverse ladies, those are wealthy, compelling & even haunting tales, instructed within the women's personal voices.

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Sometimes, though, such mementos also tell a woman who she wants not to be. Not all of the memories of women from other generations are positive. Reminiscing over the possessions of female ancestors can also provide an opportunity to draw morals about traps to avoid, to learn lessons about the consequences of dependence, or to reject a particular version of femininity. ” Her mother, in love with one man and pregnant by another, was obliged to marry the father of her child and remained unhappily married to him for the rest of her life.

I’m not going to fight it anymore, or erase the past and say that it was wrong. I stopped wearing it years ago, but it is something I would never give away. Peg keeps a collection of letters she wrote home while traveling, several old love letters exchanged between her and her husband, and old passports showing the record of their travels. They make connections about relationships. They are memory keys, not for memory of particular events, but memories of other stages, not relationships with other people so much, but relationships with yourself – about being yourself.

I bought it in 1985,- after getting divorced. I did the research on the car; I paid for it myself; I bought the license plates and the insurance all by myself. It was my real coming of age, American style. I married very young, so I never had the chance to do such things. I went from being someone’s wife to being myself. Shortly thereafter I got a parking ticket. ” But then I realized: that’s 59 Possessions my own parking ticket and my own money to throw out! I never relished a parking ticket so much!

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