Phtotograph of my grandma as young girl
Wasn’y my Grandma beautiful? I thought she was beautiful as my grandma, but I had to get older to realize she’d been young once, too.

Last week I blogged about remembering my grandma and her quirky kitchen. While I was home I also took the opportunity to capture some old family photos on my iPhone. I’ve thought about this photograph a lot since I became a grandmother. I didn’t know this girl. I met her after she’d married, had children, lost two of them, been widowed and become a grandmother.

If I could take a wormhole to the past, I’d like to meet her. I have a feeling I’d have liked the young Margaret, too.

What about you? Who would you most like to meet? Would you go back? Or go forward? All comments are entered into my monthly drawing for $10 AnaBanana gift card. Winner is announced in the first blog post of the new month.

Perilously, and wistfully, yours,


Pauline learned to love books, partly because of her grandma and partly because of her mom. The storytelling part seems to be in her genes as well. If Pauline told her grandma about Relatively Risky, she bets grandma would say what she used to say, “Well, isn’t that interesting?”

Pauline hopes readers will also find the fictional trip to New Orleans interesting. Relatively Risky released in digital formats the end of March and will release in print and audio this summer.

Pauline Baird Jones, author, writer, romantic suspense author, science fiction romance author, steampunk, humor, action adventure
New Orleans. A girl. A guy. Bullets and bad guys. A normal day in the Big UNeasy. Well, what passes for normal…
Who Would You Like to go Back and Meet?

13 thoughts on “Who Would You Like to go Back and Meet?

  • May 7, 2013 at 8:44 am

    I had to think about this one. There are a lot of people I’d like to meet! But I decided I’d like best to meet my mother’s father, the one grandparent who died before I was born. I’d love to know why he decided to come to America from the UK, and if he really made room in his trunk for Christmas ornaments from home. I love that story about him.

    • May 7, 2013 at 12:39 pm

      I think it’s cool that so many of you want to meet family members of the past. What a cool story! Did you ever see the video the guy found of his younger self talking to his older self? Classic!

  • May 4, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Id love to have met my great grandmother’s great grandmother, an Iriquois woman who married an Irish immigrant to the US. She must have been brave to leave her world to fall in love with him.

    • May 4, 2013 at 2:56 pm

      Oh my word, yes! That would be so interesting! Brave doesn’t begin to cover it!

  • May 4, 2013 at 7:26 am

    I would travel back not very far in time to meet Michael Crichton. He is one of my favorite authors.

  • May 3, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    I love time travel stories, too. I feel the same way you do, Pauline, and I love the way you say you never knew this girl. My grandmother lived to be 93 and I miss her. I remember seeing pictures of her when she was young and thinking how pretty she was and wondering what she was like. She was a strong woman, but very quiet and never butted in to give unasked for advice. So I’d like to go back and meet her when she was young.

    And while I’m back there, I’d like to meet my other grandmother, the one I never got to know since she died right after giving birth to her 7th child, and my mom was 13. I’d like to meet her and know her. And I heard my husband’s mother was a gem, a friend to everyone, but she died when George was 15. I know we would have had a good relationship and my children would have had another grandma to make them feel extra-special the way grandparents do.

    Thanks for sparking these memories and dreams, Pauline!

    Speaking of grandparents, isn’t it wonderful to experience such an awesome role?
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  • May 3, 2013 at 9:23 am

    I want to time travel to ALL of the Earth’s history. I want to see it formed. I want to watch trilobites. I want to walk with dinosaurs. I want to watch the pyramids being built. I want to visit ancient China and Japan. I want to sail the South Pacific with the Polynesians. I want to spend time in the outback of Australia with the bushmen. I want to sit down to dinner with Leonardo da Vinci and Galileo and Copernicus. I want to meet Tycho Brahe and the other scientists who changed our view of the universe.

    On a more personal note, I want to meet my grandfather who died years before I was born.

    And then I want to travel to the future and meet my great-grandchildren. I want to be there when we reach another planet around another star. I want to see spaceships as common as air travel is now.

    Yeah, I want to see it all.
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      • May 3, 2013 at 5:10 pm

        The tardis is equipped with a full day spa/restroom/jetted tub/etc. Otherwise I wouldn’t be time traveling, either.
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  • May 3, 2013 at 8:02 am

    Oh, a time traveling question. šŸ˜€ I would go back so I could get to know my late grandparents better. I’m really interested to know what it was like for my grandmother to grow up Cajun and for my grandfather to serve in WWII.
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