I have thus far spoken to 6 women, who have been so generous in telling me their stories. I am surprised of how easily they opened up and were excited to tell how they felt. It was comforting for me in a way. I felt it helped.
Things I asked were:
What was important about this item that it had to come with you and not left in the home you grew up in?
What does it mean to you?
Is there a story attached to this item, or something it reminds you of?
How does it make you feel to think about it and/or the story attached to it?
One woman went on to tell me about many things she brought with her into her married home. Of the many things, the most striking to me was a big plastic garbage bag she had filled with old cassette tapes of music she used to listen to before her wedding in the early 90s. She explained how her husband, who is somewhat conservative, asked her to throw them out. She insisted on keeping them, excusing it by saying that "they’re not broken or damaged," and that she "might need them someday." I like the idea of doing an audio project around her story.