First Anniversary of Mother's Death
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Let thy work appear unto thy servants and thy glory unto their children and let the
beauty of the Lord our God be upon us....Psalms 90: 16-17
My mother passed away a year ago today and another Hibiscus bloom opened on the anniversary of her death...The other flower on the right that opened two days ago on my nieces birthday is closing now.
I found a tiny photo amongst my mother's old albums of Mom holding me as a toddler but there is no date on the back..I would say it was shot in the summer of 1944. I wish my older sister could have been on the portrait too...There are so few family pictures around during those early years after our house burned down in 1951, when I was 7 years old except for what we were given back from relatives as most of the family pictures that were in the house were destroyed from the fire...We had just moved 6 weeks before the house burned to the ground in the winter time and fortunately there were some ancestors pictures left in the sheds that had not been moved up to the house yet.. Worse than losing family pictures of early childhood was in losing my younger 5 year old brother..but we got through that hard time.
The original print was very tiny and it also included one of my aunts with her daughter, a cousin, who was born the same year as me...But needed to crop them off after I scanned the print so I could get in closer to include it with the hibiscus flower that just opened today on the anniversary of Mom's death....She lived a long life and died when she was 102 years old...there is not a day that I don't think of her...What I noticed about this picture after I made it bigger is one of my fingers touching hers and I so remember how much Mom used her hands in her music with being a church organist for 75 years. Mom brought music to my life but most of all she brought love..
Thank you so much Davide for the kindness of the spotlight...That means a lot to me.
Also by Andrea Petersen
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