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  • Writer's pictureClaire Marie

Rabbit Holes (aka T.O.D.)

Have you ever fallen into a rabbit hole or experienced Temporary Obsessive Disorder (T.O.D.)?

When I wrote an article on my Dad earlier this year, I had to do a bit of sleuthing and research to gather dates and locations of various things that happened during Dad’s lifetime. Well, that led to a few rabbit holes caused by squirrels. You know how it goes – it’s like when you see a video online and that leads to another and another, then the next thing you know, an hour or two have passed. That’s what doing research is like for me. One thing leads to another and suddenly, it's two or three hours later.

As I was already contacting the University of Georgia about Dad’s time there, I figured I’d ask about Mom’s. UGA didn’t have anything on Dad, but they did for Mom. The information on Mom has now led me down the road of trying to piece together Mom’s education and it has not been easy. You see, Mom went to at least 4 different colleges to attain her degree. I knew there were a few but I couldn’t remember the names of all of them, so I started with the one I remembered aside from UGA and that led me to two more – one I had forgotten completely and the other was like, “Oh yeah. I remember that one now!”

Currently, I have records requests to those two colleges and I’m hopeful that they will be able to fill in a gap between 1946 and 1948. I also have that steamer trunk with college papers that may be of some help, but I’m procrastinating that one due to the mustiness and dustiness of it.

In the meantime, I have another rabbit hole to research – my Grandmother’s college career. Hopefully, I won’t get too lost.

What Rabbit Hole have you fallen into lately?

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