Sophie Sawyers, 22, reads parts of a letter from my mother.
Video: 2 minutes 37 seconds
When I discovered a letter from 1957, written by my then 22-year-old mother to an unborn child, I didn’t know what to think. In loopy handwriting, she wrote of her hopes and dreams striated by cultural norms and society’s tensions: engaged to one man, loved by another. “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 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.