January 28, 2012

Photographs and Memories

Many photos have an obvious story behind them, while others just hint of one. I love photographs. They sing to me, they make me smile...they make me glad that I have them to cherish. They sit on my desk in what I call the room that is "my space".
There is a photo of Mom & Dad, my friend Isabelle, me (as a little girl), my younger brother in the first grade with his two front teeth out...so cute. A day with the girls at a winery in NY State. The girlfriend's photo is of big smiles on a bright and sunny day. However, it is bittersweet because one of them is no longer with us. She passed away from illness. At one time, I thought about taking the photo down because of the pain I felt. However, I soon realized the photo makes me smile, and I want to see Carole smiling back, knowing what a great time we had that day, along with many other days. It is all part of life...the smiles and the tears. When you look below at the photos, you will get a glimpse of several of the people in my life. I have more photos that need to be framed in order to preserve the paper (and of course look nice.) Those photos are also a piece of who I am, and what I have become. So, as I write this, I see this is now on my 2012 list of things to do. A rather small project, but you haven't seen me in a frame shop. I could stay all day and create. :)

Younger brother in the first grade.

Mom & Dad's wedding day, circa 1945
Fun day at a NY State Jazz Festival at Seneca Lake. Left to Right: Joanne, Erin & Carole.
My dear friend Isabelle
Yours truly


  1. I always admire photos and have plans to create a wall of photos.
    Funny how generations past were only photographed on special occasions or wearing their Sunday best.
    I love having photos of those that have gone before in hopes that we will meet again. My Mother loves to tell me that all we can do is hope they are saving us a seat with a view. :)
    Have a wonderful weekend and I am so happy you are back here blogging. I hope you are too.

  2. I enjoy photos of yesterday and today. I know what you mean about the pain on some days but then on others they make me happy. Other days I reach and touch the photo and close my eyes to imagine for a moment.

  3. My house is cluttered with photos too. Vintage photos are my favorite with the bittersweet memories they carry. They fulfill the promise, "I will be with you always."

  4. Wonderful photos Kathleen, and sentiments. Taking care of such treasures and giving them a places of honor in our homes is a beautiful tribute to the specialness of those in them...a very noble project indeed, and one that I need to work on as well!
    xoxo J~


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