This summer, I did some guest blogging for the blogs Home Front Girl and Food. Family. Ephemera. Susan Morrison and Gena Philibert-Ortegaâ€™s blogs both focus on history-Susan through her mom Joanâ€™s wartime diary and Gena through food. I love looking at the past through different lenses. There are so many new stories to be found when you look at a familiar subject through another angle.
Susan and I co-wrote a piece on our respective relativesâ€™ thoughts on war-torn Asia. Susanâ€™s mom and my grandfather both describe frightening incidents. Joan references the Nanking Massacre and my grandfather depicts a long, dark night traveling through minefields. Though theyâ€™re talking about different wars, places and events, their descriptions are strikingly similar.
For Genaâ€™s blog, I wrote about the food-related passages in Â my grandfatherâ€™s memoir. I was surprised how much I learned just from his thoughts on food. The passages told me more about his living conditions, cultural identity and religious beliefs. It was a fun writing experiment, and I realized a lot of historical subtext is hidden in what we eat.
And now, time for another picture of my grandfather!