|Ida's Early Diaries|
The early years of the dairies are a bit frustrating because Ida skips back and forth between her small notebooks, so it is hard to keep the chronology straight. The more Karen reads, however, the easier it has become, as she gets to know the cast of characters and the ongoing events of Ida's life.
Reading the entries can also be difficult because Ida had such a matter-of-fact way of telling her story. Karen came into the office one day with the latest diary in her hand. "Now wait a minute!" she exclaimed. "What's going on here?" Karen then read a few entries that describe Ida visiting a hospital to "look" at babies, taking Harold there the next evening, and coming home with a baby boy, who they were so unprepared for that they put him to bed in a laundry basket that night. Now we're trying to figure out Minnesota adoption laws in the early 1900's!
|Ida's Diaries from the 1950's|
Karen reads on and we will keep you posted. If any of this rings a bell with you, please let us know, won't you? Thanks for reading.