Lost Art of Collecting Birth and Death Notices

sketch of two boys and two girls
My two older brothers and sisters

This picture was always a favourite of mine growing up.  My eldest brother John, older sister Barbara, my late sister Mary and Thomas.  I came along 8 years after Thomas naturally I was not included.  They look so happy and joyful.  I asked my brother Thom if he could scan his and send me a copy, which he promptly took care of, now that he is retired.   He asked me for a photo of me when I was a baby or child that I could add to this, but I haven’t found one yet.  I did go to my copy of the “Glover” book, and found a number of cut outs that my mum had done with birth and death notices since the book was published.  I am amazed at how good she did at keeping them.  In order for someone to send you a notice, they first have to know your address.  I am not sure how many of my relatives know my mailing address.  We all correspond in email form now or look on Facebook or a blog to see what someone is up to.  I don’t know about you, but do you nicely catalog all your emails, notices etc.???  Do you “tag” your pictures or letters?  Do you move everything over if you get a new computer?  I don’t know if my kids do any of this stuff.  Yet they have a host of cousins, aunts and uncles that they’ve never seen, and the connection has withered somewhat by time and distance.

So now that I have a copy of this lovely picture, I am going to see if  can get it printed on that lovely matted paper that they used to use, and frame it so I can see it.  I guess the next thing to do would be to scan all those notices or list them somewhere in the book so the story can continue in “The Glover Book” .

By Sarah Lomas

I have my eyes wide open to catch all my dreams. MSWarrior! Widowed and then some, proud mom of two fantastic kids. Wear two hearing aids and primarily lip read. Always looking for new things to to try.