The phrases within the quotation marks are my great-grandparents' actual quotes, with context provided in my grandfather's hand.
MOM: Growing up in the city + off from school in the summer, we had to be back in the apartment after the sun went down because:
"There is no good on the streets after dark."
DAD: When I didn't think I could handle going to Regis High School (a scholarship school):
"If the other kids can do it, you can do it."
DAD: "Don't take yourself too seriously . . . if you do, no one else will take you seriously at all."
"Laugh every chance you get, there will always be occasions to cry."
MOM: "Get as much education as you can. No matter what happens in life . . . that is the one thing no one can take away from you."
MOM: On raising babies:
"Get them before they are two, or they will get you."
As I type these out, I find that they're a lot more revealing than I realized on first reading them, and I hope to do some more in depth posts unpacking some of them in the future.