Women and Adversity: Aging and Square Feet



Souvenir shops are the blight of all vacations.

People yearn to remember their travels so they buy spices in Istanbul, crystal in Waterford and religious articles in Jerusalem.

My husband and I spent four weeks in seven countries recently, and I bought NOTHING.

What I remember from our trip:

  • The scenic views of Scotland
  • The sheep in Ireland
  • The cows in France

I have memories of:

  • Normandy, which left me emotional and patriotic
  • Brugge, which made me hungry for chocolate
  • Liverpool, which recalled the hyperactive days of the Beatles

My house is filled with reminders of past vacations, but I don’t have room for any more souvenirs.

  • Two ceramic plaques from Lisbon sit behind a closed cabinet in my kitchen
  • A wooden spoon from Cardiff, Wales hangs hidden on the baker’s rack
  • The postcards from South America are stuffed in a drawer

As people age, they don’t have space for souvenirs any more. They have spent a lifetime collecting, so it’s time to divest themselves of “stuff.”

My memories are my photos. Www.mymemories.com is a digital program that contain all the souvenirs I need. These scrapbooks are on the coffee table in my living room, and I renew my love of our travels by flipping through them. Try doing that.



Article By: Jo Ann Mathews

I published three ebooks in 2020: Women and Adversity, Honoring 23 Black Women; Women and Adversity, Recognizing 23 Notable Mothers; and Women and Adversity, Saluting 23 Faithful Suffragists to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. These books are meant to be study guides for all students from grade school through college to help in choosing topics for assignments and to learn more about these noteworthy women. Go to amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com and goodreads.com to learn more.

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