Thursday, August 26, 2010
She Might Have Been a Blogger
Slowly, but steadily, I’ve been transcribing my great-grandmother Virta Knutz’s journals – over 500 sheets of notebook paper spanning nine years. Next will be a file folder with another hundred pages or so, titled “Our Trips.” After that, another pile of pages called “Memories.”
Transcribing her journals has given me an idea of what her life was like on the farm. Her children lived nearby, so her days will often filled with grandchildren, as well as the household chores, made lengthier and a bit more mundane by the lack of modern appliances. At the end of her day, she would write. I suspect it was probably the only thing she did just for herself. What was her motivation? Was she lonely out on the farm? Wanting to share her day with someone, after everyone else was in bed? Or did she just feel an inexplicable need to put the pen to the paper? I think many bloggers would know something of how she felt.
If Virta were alive today, I suspect she would be one of us…