About This Blog

Audrey Smith Barclay was my grandmother. I remember her well from my childhood but had limited contact with her after a long-distance move when I was 14. In recent years I've gotten better acquainted with her through anecdotes related by her children and grandchildren and through the stories she herself wrote and left behind. In fact, her passion for writing is the thing that's made me feel a new, stronger connection to her after so many years. I don't know if there's any such thing as a "writing gene," but if there is, I'm pretty sure I got mine from Audrey.

The main purpose of this blog is to give Audrey a posthumous moment in the spotlight by publishing all of her stories here. Many of them are already in my possession, but I hope other stories or letters she might have written will trickle in from family members who find them stored away in closets or attics. I also hope family members will continue to send in their own remembrances of Audrey or their own stories of what it was like to grow up under her care. It's my understanding that there were good days and hard ones. Isn't that what it's like in most families?

Special thanks to the aunts, uncles, and cousins who have already shared with me Grandma Audrey's writings, along with their own observations, photos, and other pieces of family history. I'm especially grateful to my aunt and Audrey's youngest child, Shirley Barclay Rust, who collected her mother's stories with the idea of compiling them into a book, then graciously passed them along to me to publish here instead. It wouldn't even have occurred to me to undertake this endeavor if these generous folks hadn't given me so much to work with.

Thanks to you, too. Audrey always wanted readers, and now you're one of them.

Linda@VS, Editor