Dirty Laundry — A Memoir Unfolds

Aimée Brown Gramblin
The Memoirist
Published in
5 min readAug 16, 2023

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“A Live Wire.” Frank Xavier Leyendecker. 1922. Wikiart

Memoirs have been begging to leave my bones for decades. In the summer of 2021, after conversations with my loved ones, after I’d let the oldest memories begin to simmer and stew and bubble up, I began reading memoir again. And, on a summer day, in 2021, I continued my story with new depth.

I tried to help my ten-year-old daughter clean her room yesterday, She struggles with an artistic temperament and style conjuring beauty from chaos.

As a kid, I also found myself amidst creativity and chaos. Anger and sadness started to move through me. Only I didn’t even realize it at the time. That’s the way art gets me. She finds me in life and then bubbles up my throatstory into a story for us, a story of us.

One story divided, multiplied, subtracted, added into the story. This story. Our story. The story of artists. The story of us.

My daughter and I share a story. The story of mothers and daughters. She busts me open like a river geode, hammering into my insecurities — those childhood things I don’t even realize made me me.

Her room was a mess — candy wrappers, empty paint bottles, dirty dishes, and clothes strewn about. I could barely see her bed or floor. My demeanor went from calm to mother rage in about six seconds. Without warning for my change of mood, I stood tall, shaking my head in…

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Aimée Brown Gramblin
The Memoirist

Age of Empathy founder. Creativity Fiend. Writer, Editor, Poet: life is art. Nature, Mental Health, Psychology, Art. Audio: aimeebrowngramblin.substack.com