From the time I got my first typewriter at the age of 20 years, I pleaded with Mum to let me edit her writings, and later to type out her little pocket diaries which she kept faithfully each year. She began writing everything down, from the time she noticed different family members were repeating incorrect family stories and insisting their version was correct. If she wrote down the facts as they occurred that would have to stop. However, because I was such a perfectionist, I had to change things to my way eg when she'd write "Another beautiful baby!" I'd cross out the beautiful so it read "Another baby!" So one particular year I asked where her diary was so I could begin work, and she said' "No, I've given it to Elise (my niece) because you change it too much. She'll keep it the way I've written it!" Oh no, I was mortified and slunk away to brood on this news! It took me two years and a fair amount of pleading and promising, for Mum to return the work to me and I suspect that was only because Elise was moving towns and didn't have the time any more.
Marie: And yet another story!
It seems to be a trait of the elderly to tell stories and often repeat the same stories. As our family has a major Reunion in February 2015 I will tell a family story each day and NOT repeat it for 100 days. I will use christian names from our earlier generations as pseudonyms.