1+1+1 = The Truth

After reading an article by Kevin Cool, a mathematical equation of sorts seemed to evolve when writing about families.  It boils down to:   1 + 1 + 1 = Truth .  Another way to write it is:  a+b+c = A More Realistic Picture of the Past.  

Kevin Cool, the editor Of Stanford Aumni Magazine tells of his adventure in writing the truth about his dad and grandfather in the May/June issue.  His equation adds up as follows:

Currier and Ives Print of Farm and Fielda) ‘. . . a soft-focus version ‘ that casts his dad and grandfather living on a small farmstead with a meandering stream surrounded by pretty meadows with nearby forest full of woodland creatures. Sort of like a Currier and Ives painting.

Interior of a small cabinb) the ‘ grittier version’ of the small 2 room house with no indoor plumbing, water or electricity with grueling winters. Kevin states that both of the descriptions are accurate BUT neither of them is really true.  It was only after an interview with his father that he ‘grasped the complicated reality of his childhood. . . It was a hard life.  And it was a happy life.”

Old Photo of a Kindred Interviewc) “To reveal how people lived . . . you need more than accumulated facts.  You need Continue reading