equally important to us. It’s worth considering that 200 years from now someone will see your name in the records and want to know you. You have the ability to share the “why” and “how” of your life in all its richness by writing it down.
This awareness of a big part of what drove Annette Collins to pen her beautiful memoir, Ponderings of a Lifetime. For more than 50 years, Annette had jotted down her memories in the form of vignettes, observations and poems. She came to recognize the powerful formative influence of the women who preceded her. Now, with two grown daughters of her own, Annette realized in early 2020 that the time had come to preserve the memories of these women and the real significance of their influence in her life. This is best expressed in the dedication of her book to her daughters, her mother-in-law Rose and her mother, Emily:
“This book has been brought about due to the threat of
Covid-19. I am now in my eighties and not in the best of health. Just in case the Corona Virus knocks at my door, I want to leave something behind for my family. My cherished possessions are few. A roll-top desk, a big brown comfy chair, and an old KIA. What could I leave behind? I thought to gather a few stories and poems written over the past fifty years and put them into a book of memories. If I wait, they will disappear, as I have memory issues.”
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Thanks to her perseverance and the beauty of her writing, Annette has permanently set down a record of the fortitude, joys, disappointments, beauty and humanity of the handful of women who set the course of her life. In doing so, she has established a guide and example for the generations who will follow us and look back toward us for understanding and direction. Writing down the story of our lives is a gift of love and strength for those we will never know, yet who will want to know us.
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