My mother has done a lot of preparation for dying. She has organized most of her affairs, written her obituary, left instructions on who should be notified, given away lots of stuff, written out directions for disposing of most personal items, and so on. But there are still a lot of things left for Bonnie and I to sort through.
On Monday, while just trying to identify some of the areas that still need work, I came across several treasures buried among dusty piles of papers and boxes (many empty, some not). There’s a copy of the 1916 edition of Ka Palapala, the yearbook of the University of Hawaii at Manoa. This was the first edition of the yearbook, complete with an editorial introducing the new annual project. This was well before my mother’s time at the university. I’m guessing it’s another treasure inherited from Professor Carey D. Miller, the internationally-known nutritionist who was my mother’s mentor at the university in the 1930s and remained a close friend until Miller’s death.
Nearby was a box of files holding some of Miller’s personal and academic correspondence. The files are dirty and aged, but I’m looking forward to seeing what’s in there.
Also in the box was a small guest book, with signatures of visiting academics dating from 1931 through about 1963, a couple of years after Miller retired. I don’t know if these were visitors to Miller’s Home Economics program, to her own laboratory, to her home, or if the book even belonged to Miller, although that’s certainly the implication of finding it stored with her personal papers. Perhaps there are clues somewhere in the correspondence.
This inscription is on the blank opening page.
The English, a little stilted perhaps, conveys a wonderful message, still right on point.
Seek truth in real facts;
Believe not without evidences.
Is that a translation of the characters? Anybody out there able to read them?