Sophie Sawyers, 22-years-old, reads excerpts from a letter written by her grandmother.
Video: 2 minutes 37 seconds
A letter written in 1957 by my then 22-year-old mother to an unborn child describes her love for one man while engaged to another. In loopy handwriting, she wrote of her hopes and dreams striated by cultural norms and society’s tensions. “I wonder, and will do so when you are my age and when your daughter is my age – I’ll wonder ‘what if…'”
That woman was my mother. Today, I look at Sophie, my 22-year-old daughter, for whom career and life experience take priority over marriage, and empathize with the generations who came before BOTH of us. To my daughter when she wonders is a story of five generations of women, parent-child communications and what it is to be female in an analogue turned digital world.