and I'm working on my second Roots journal. Its an informal recording of the past. Sadly, I have photos with people and places I can't identify, so I just go w/what I know. I have cousins that help with stories from their perspective.
In these to lo's I look at the photos and see the dynamics of my gram w/her IN-LAWS. They are young @ 27. Their body language indicates there is love and camaraderie between them that I wasn't aware of when they were older (and I was privileged to each and every one). It just amazes me that I see that my gram was their sister, no pretense, she was family and it shows in the photos. Later in years, the in-law sisters stepped up to take care of her after my grandpop died, not her family and she had plenty of siblings. I just wish I knew more.
Just like US when WE were young, they dressed alike = maybe even planning it. They went places together and partied with each other. AND in knowing them later they were a combustable lot so I'm sure there was some conflict at some of these hoe-downs. But in the pictures they were young people having a good time. Being close. Sharing their lives.