I’ve always known that I would write a book someday. I knew that eventually a story would find me and the inspiration would come. While cleaning out some storage items I came across a box full of my grandmother’s diplomas, pictures, and journals. I began to read her story that started with “who knows how many pages I’ll fill” when I felt her story fall into my lap. I knew I wanted to write a piece of fiction based on her character and life.

I can’t relate to her life except that she was once here and now I am here. Her awkwardness and struggles aren’t mine and will never be mine but hearing her story broke me. Sometimes someone else’s story, self worth, and guilt can look you straight in the eyes and break you. You break knowing they’ve already broken.

Broken then mended.

It’s Autumn and ironically I came across a school essay my grandmother wrote on October 16th, 1941 for English 4th Period. She was 17 years old. WWII was in full force and little did she know that in just a few short years she would be joining it as a cadet nurse. I think a part of the essay is worth sharing in honor of this season where the cold climbs it way up each tree urging both birds and leaves to take flight.




Some love it because of the big, full, harvest moon which is so widely known for its influence on lovers. You might say that it’s mellowness prepares the way for our June marriages. At any rate, it’s light shines down and seems to hold everyone under it’s magic spell.

I think I love it because it is Autumn, the season that is easy going and doesn’t care much what a person thinks of it.




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  • Clara Bo
    Posted at 14:58h, 11 October Reply

    Gorgeous… When you do write a book, I’ll be reading it the first day it’s out.
    You have a gift .. what you write is absolutely profond, pure and real. You do understand so much and it’s so inspiring… you do inspire me .. I love reading you ❤️ thank you for it 😘

  • Jessica Schaefer
    Posted at 15:44h, 11 October Reply

    wow, what a wonderful piece of history to hold! I love her thoughts.

  • Mckenzie Tillotson
    Posted at 17:40h, 11 October Reply

    Jessica it is a cool piece of history to glimpse . . . She happened to get an -A on the essay

  • Deb and annie
    Posted at 17:01h, 12 October Reply

    So wonderful, that last bit written not knowing how beautiful it is.

  • Sandie Tillotson
    Posted at 00:32h, 01 November Reply

    Wow that was indeed a beautiful reflection on Autumn. Love the ways the whole blog came together in picture words!

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