It’s fun when two prompt projects collide.
I happened to be working on my family tree from the lil journal project from Ashley at ‘lil blue boo, and then also the prompt today from #amonthof #mycreativespace was “know your roots”.
Anyway here’s my effort on the family tree. As I am creatively suppressed, I used an idea I saw on Pinterest for the tree. Never mind the daggy looking flowers in the bottom left of the page. Two words. White. Out. Oh you can’t see it on this one. It’s a car crash. You want to look but you don’t. It’s that bad.
On the adjacent page I noted down all the important dates and places about my grandparents lives. All four were born in the Netherlands. All four lived through two world wars. My dad was born the year the second world war ended. My Oma R’s mum died when she was just ten – life changing! Both families immigrated to Australia in the 1950’s/1960’s. I never knew my Opa Reitsema as he died before I was born. My memories of my Opa Posthuma are vague; All I can remember is this big man sitting in his chair. He died when I was nine and his funeral is the first I can remember.
My memories are clearest of my Oma’s. Oma P was always around, Oma R moved to Perth from Tasmania later on in her life. They both spoiled us in their own special way. Banana lollies from Oma P were a highlight of any trip to her place, while Oma R tirelessly knitted outfits for all my dolls when I was younger. Paige still plays with some of the outfits to this day. Some of the colour combinations are actually very voguey now!
Do you know a little about your grandparents?