2019 Life Update

It’s been a little over 2 years since I have last written. Unfortunately, time has slipped away from me for various reasons. A lot has happened since 2017. First off, I have been on several trips both internationally and domestically. The first being the Europe trip that I mentioned in one of my previous posts in 2017, but never got the chance to update about it. One of the next posts that I plan on writing will be about the Europe trip for sure.

The domestic trips that I went on last year were to Niagara Falls and to Wildwood beach. I’ve been to Niagara Falls several times since I have family living in that area, but my boyfriend and daughter have never been so I thought it would be nice to take a trip there again for their sake. The beach was also a nice little getaway to enjoy the ocean and the boardwalk. Plus it was nice to have my daughter enjoy the beach, now that she’s old enough to actually enjoy it.

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Next important event that happened was that I finally graduated college last fall with a Bachelor’s in German and also a Bachelor’s in Multidisciplinary Studies. It’s been a long couple years in getting my bachelor’s degrees, but it can be done with hard work and determination. Now I am working on my Master’s in Secondary Education. I just finished up with my first semester in my master’s program, so I finally have some time to relax a little until the fall. Now now I finally have some time, I can finally get into the groove again on posting about different languages, cultures, and places around the world. So stay tuned!

Memento Mori

In my Honors English class, my classmates and I are reading A Room With A View. Recently, we had to do a presentation on something related to the Victorian Era. We were given a list of topics, and I picked memento mori thinking it had to do with somebody named Mori..Boy, was I wrong. It is about death and photography…So, let’s learn a little bit about the Victorian era.

*If the thought of death or seeing pictures of the deceased disturbs you, do NOT read on.

Mortality rates were high during the Victorian era due to diseases, poor hygiene, and the lack of medicine and vaccines.

Photography was expensive during its infancy in the Victorian era. At first, only the wealthy could afford photographs, but it later became more affordable to the middle class in the late 1800’s. Memento mori was a photograph taken to keep the memories of the deceased alive, and was often the only picture taken of the deceased because of the cost. Memento mori is Latin for “Remember you will die.” Memento moris were taken to remind the living that they would also die one day.

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When a family member died, the surviving family members would take a photograph of the corpse in a pose as if they were still alive. The deceased would be arranged in his/her own natural setting. A baby would be positioned in a nursery. Children were posed as if they were playing with toys or sleeping in bed. Adults, however, were more commonly posed in a chair or sometimes braced on specifically designed frames. And often times, family members would be a part of the photograph. The corpse would be positioned with the other family members as if everything was normal.

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Coffins were rarely shown in the picture, because the idea of the memento mori was to make the deceased person look alive-only sleeping or lost in thought. Sometimes the eyes would be propped open, pupils would be painted on to the picture, and/or a rosy tint would be added to the cheeks of the deceased.

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The wealthy often times dressed up in odd clothing and pose in theatrical settings for their own entertainment.

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You might think to yourself, “Wow, that is pretty weird!” In the Victorian era, this was perfectly normal. Someday in the future, the future generations will notice something that is perfectly normal to us as strange to them. It’s amazing how the world changes over time.