I love journals. I enjoy reading the diaries and letters of the famous and the not so famous. I recently picked up a book called, "This Day, Diaries from American Women."
The book is the result of a project in which the author, Joni B. Cole asked women if each would write about one day in her life, or contribute a page from their own journals. The response was overwhelming. Over 500 women submitted entries. The book is a glimpse into the lives of many women from all walks of life.
As I read through the various journal entries, I was filled with awe. These women are amazing. Ordinary days filled with such deep feelings and desires. The journal entries range from a newly widowed sixty-six year old in Maine, to a thirty-eight year old full time caregiver for her husband with Lou Gehrig's Disease. Each entry highlights the courage, strength and complexity of women.
My own journals fill a couple of small bins; chock full of day to day accounts of my mostly mundane activities. Tucked between the ordinary things are the musings, the questions and the growing dissatisfaction with my life.
Reading this book was an acknowledgment to my own conflicting feelings and filled me a true sense of sisterhood. Our stories aren't so different. All those seemingly ordinary details in our day become extraordinary glimpses into the lives of women.
Causes Annette Talbert Supports
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, RIF (Reading is Fundamental),
Hands On Foundation, Dignity U Wear, Girls, Inc.