In my last post I explained I would be writing a separate blog, Memoirs of John Michael Grinsell, using the recollections my dad had written before he died earlier this year.
I’ve been overwhelmed by your encouragement – such wonderful comments about how people would love to have stories of their own families written down for posterity. Jen (Mum in the Mad House) suggested I could use the blog to show off my dad’s paintings so I have now used one for the header of the new blog. I got Mum on board yesterday to hunt out more photos to illustrate the narrative as I go along.
Yesterday evening I posted the next part of his story – Let’s start at the beginning – setting out a truncated family tree, as it were. I have managed to include two fascinating photographs which offer an insight into the fashion of the Edwardian era and the 1920s. If you click on them to zoom in, you’ll be able to look at the detail.
Part of me is cross with myself for not doing this earlier but then, with everything, you don’t realise how precious things are until they are gone. My dad may not be with us any more but this new blog is a living, interactive testament to his memory and I think he would be, in his own modest way, rather chuffed.
I won’t always use this blog to point the way to his stories but, while it’s in its infancy, a little nudge will help it along.