Blog is all about how certain character traits were the foundation of an earlier generation and how those same character traits can help us in our daily lives today. Yes, this is the story of my family prior to and during World War II, but in many respects, it’s the story of every family that lived through this period in our history. This is the story of an ordinary family, trying to live an ordinary life, during an extraordinary time frame.
This blog is based on 2 boxes of letters I found in my father’s closet after he had passed away. I had moved to California to care for my Mom. A few days later, when I opened the boxes, I realized that they were filled with letters, pictures and memorabilia from my Dad’s life more than 50 years earlier.
I knew that my Dad, known as Lad to family and friends, had worked for a few years in Venezuela in his early 20’s but I didn’t realize that when he and his younger brother Dan went to South America, my grandfather started writing letters to them every Sunday night, and that this task continued for 7 and a half years! I was looking at all those letters, my grandfather’s autobiography, plus letters from childhood friends and family to my Dad, letters from Mom and Dad to my Grandfather during those years and all the pictures and other memorabilia associated with them.
I immediately knew that I had to tell the story of this “Slice of Life”. As I copied hundreds of letters, I read bits and pieces, and certain stories stuck in my mind as examples of the way their generation was raised.
My hope is that these stories will help you build bridges between the generations of your family and reinforce the importance of the character traits that were commonplace during that time.
My name is Cheryl. I started my Dreaming Reality Blogon the suggestion of my oldest son while we were living in Costa Rica, as a means to share our experiences with family and friends back home. Being an avid photographer and writer, there was so much beauty and peace to be found there. It filled to the brim after I posted book chapters from my novel, Forever Never/Dawn of the Dream and from so many photos.
Blog also has a variety of posts, including philosophical ideas, a couple of chapters from sequel novel, and the occasional poem. I love participating in weekly prompts s I am able and have my own weekend #free48 series where I share photos from my weekend excursions.
Most of all, I love meeting so many people from diverse backgrounds and creative souls who, like me, often feel out of place in their day to days lives. We are out here! I would love to meet you and hear about your walk in this dream we call living.
By February, I found that I was turning my grief into unstoppable work. It occurred to me that writing about it might help. And so, “Talkin’ to Myself” came into being. Here is the link to version 1. http://musingmueller.blogspot.com/2011/02/
My blog has brought me friends that I would never have met otherwise. Although I don’t write every day, I do share the projects and changes that occur in my life. There are a lot of dogs and cats, flowers and fiber arts. Lately, there is a lot of travel. Be careful, there is a bit of snark here and there!
I don’t consider myself a “writer”. I am not a “photographer”. I don’t force myself to write something or create anything. I write about the things I see and the stuff that my brain wants to sent out to the cosmos. But the blogging has helped me heal.
Grief will always be with me. But writing has helped me to accept the world as it is. Sometimes the things I write are relevant to other people.