Cover by Adele Thompson Aldridge
Why I chose to publish these Diaries
I am the great granddaughter of Ruby Alice Side Thompson I inherited forty-three diaries that span from1909–1969. They were given to my grandmother, Ruth Ferris Thompson who was married to Ruby’s son, John Thompson. At one time the Diaries were given to my mother, Adele Thompson Aldridge who keeps a journal herself and tells me she is now on number one hundred.
Bonnie Thompson Glaser, edited these diaries for years 1909-1938 and were published by Faber and Faber, Inc. in 1995 with the title, Ruby, an Ordinary Woman. Bonnie is my aunt and also Ruby’s granddaughter, daughter of Ruth and John Thompson.
I recently started re-reading the diaries written during World War II and found them most interesting and worthy of being seen by others. I realized how little I knew about the events surrounding World War II and what Londoner’s in particular had to endure. These diaries are personal experiences and opinions of Ruby’s marriage and the war she lived through, often not knowing if her house would be the next target of destruction. I cannot imagine having to endure these experiences. Ruby was not able to express her opinions or feelings about either the war or her marriage except in the privacy of her diary. Being able to do so was her saving grace. When her sons read these diaries after their mother’s death in 1970, it has been reported that they were all shocked about her relationship with their father. She apparently was expert at keeping much of her feelings to herself while she was starkly open about them in writing.