Memoir of My Great-Great-Grandmother, Lila Iris

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A memoir I found that my 100-year-old great-great-grandmother Lila Iris wrote. It's actually quite humorous.

Let it be known to all who read this memoir that Lila Iris wrote the following when she was 100 years old, and has been typed to preserve it as it was written, with a few minor exceptions:


On Saturday February 23, 1901, 9: PM; papa’s anxiously waited for son arrived. (They named her Lila Iris), he took a good look at the 6 pound bundle of black curley hair + wide open eyes + said “little angel, I wanted a girl anyway,[“] (his mother died when he was 9 yrs old + he had only one sister) so he started rocking me in the chair he had bought to rock his son and you know what, when son arrived 4 years later he had to buy another rocker. Mother could rock him because he was still rocking me. I think I was still his angel when he died.

Lets get out of the craddle + down to more serious things.

I was before television before penicillin, the pill, polio shots, antibiotics, and fisbees, before frozen food, nylon, dacron, Xerox[,] Kinsey, before radar, fluorescent lights, credit cards, and ballpoint pens [she wrote most of her memoir in pencil, and it’s mostly faded now as I’m typing it].

For us time sharing meant togetherness, not computers; a chip was a piece of wood. Hardware meant hardware, and software wasnt even a word. In those days funnies were small rabbits + rabbits were not Volkswagens.

I was before Batman, Rudolph the red-nosed Reindeer, and Snoopy. before D.DT. and vitamin pills, vodka + the white wine craze, disposable diapers[,] jeeps and the Jefferson missile. before scotch tape[,] m+ms, the automobile shift and Lincon continentals. When I was in college pizzas[,] cheerios[,] frozen orange juice[,] instant coffee + McDonalds were unheard of. We though fast food was what you ate during Lent.

I was before FM radio, tape recorders, electric type writers + word processors[,] Muzak electronic music and disco dancing. before pantyhose and drip dry clothes[,] before ice makers[,] dishwashers[,] clothesdryer, freezers + Electric Blankets. Before men wore long hair and earrings and women wore tuxedos. We got married first and then lived together. How quaint can you be?! if you made your bed hard you ju[s]t turned over oftener[.] In our day cigarette was fashionable, Grass was mowed[,] coke was something drank. and pot was something you cooked in.

I was before coin vending machines[,] jet planes, helicopters + inter state Hyways in 1935[.] Made in Japan meant junk and the term “making out” referred to how you did on an exam. Then there were five + ten cent stores[;] you could buy things for five + ten cents[.] just for one nickel you could ride the streetcar[,] make a phone call[,] buy a coke or buy enough stamps to mail a letter + two post cards. you could buy a chevy coupe for $600. but who could afford that in 1935? a pity, too, because gas was only 11 cents to a gallon.

We were not before the difference between the sexes was discovered but we were before sex changes. we just made do with what we had

and so it was in 1935.

Dont you just love it? and listen, you kids out there[,] it’s all true too, whats more I dont think those of us who did without so of what is now taken for granted are any the worse off for having been “deprived” do you?

However you’re apt To run into trouble if you tried to take my microwave oven, drip dry clothes, and panty hose.

well, well let’s come down off this High and get back in the rocking chair, where papa playing the french harp + singing to his angel.

Ba ba black sheep where is your little lamb?

Way down yonder in the Valley.

Flies and butterflys picking out his eyes + the poor little thing cries mama

By o baby buntin’

your daddie’s gone a huntin’

to get a little rabbit skin to wrap his baby buntin’ in


Submitted: October 01, 2013

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