From the time I was very young I have been a big list and chart maker. The early ones were created with colored markers and now they have evolved into more detailed electronic versions.
A few years ago while working on a family project and collecting stories I learned that the proclivity to make charts and lists goes back a couple of generations.
My mother was one of four girls. Their father died very young and my grandmother needed all the girls to help out to keep the household running smoothly.
There was a chore chart on the refrigerator so the girls knew what they needed to do everyday.
As the story goes there was a lot of trading of jobs. That meant initials were crossed off and replaced with another sister’s. At times it was quite complicated.
One day the milk man saw the chart and ask my grandmother if she was running a bookie joint.
Nana wasn’t but she would have been a very organized one.