The 30 Day Ingrid Bergman Challenge (x)
Day 26: One item of Ingrid’s you’d love to own - part one
I’d like an item from her personal memories and it would be very hard to choose one because…
Isabella Rossellini: “My mother kept everything, everything of hers, of her parents, of her grandparents. She began saving the souvenirs and memories of her life from the time she was a very young girl. In the last year of her life, she put a great deal of time and effort into organizing papers and scrapbooks.
One day, I asked her, ‘Mama, why have you saved everything?’. Her answer was that she always knew she was going to be famous. I was shocked because the answer seemed arrogant. It was totally out of character, because Mum was never arrogant.
Mama was an orphan. Her mother died before Mum was three and her father died when Mama was twelve. Maybe she had a kind of orphan psychology, and clinging to the ties of the past gave her a feeling of belonging.
Or maybe it was a way of keeping them alive, her family that had gone, their presence. For Mama, maybe it was a little like throwing the people away to throw away what they had left behind in the world.”
Ingrid Bergman: “The death of memories is the saddest thing I know. It’s not easy to pass on memories, but only some of us are lucky enough to have memories anyone wants to share and preserve after we are gone.
I am so lucky to have these memories to pass on, that my memories are wanted. It’s a privilege.
I do not like to live in the past, but I cannot imagine being without the past. The past has something to say to me.”