Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Pictures From My Past

My friend Chris over here at "I'm Not Old, I'm Vintage" tagged me with a meme.  I had to think a little bit about my favorite photograph and I came up with these two.  These are two favorites of many.

This is the first one.  It is framed picture of my Mama holding Avery (#4 grandchild, who is the first child of my daughter) Look at those precious hands holding her.  I just love looking at those precious hands.  Those hands held me, comforted me, wiped my tears, sewed innumerable clothes for me, and cooked wonderful meals for me.  Once I said the thing that all kids say to their parents...you don't love me,  I'm adopted.  Her response was, look at my hands and look at your hands...they are exactly alike.  True enough they are.  But my hands will never be as precious as hers.

The second one is of me and "Tippy Toes".  I think I'm about 35 or 36 here.  I would soon be going through major surgery and 1 week after coming home, go through a devastating divorce.  This little cat was named after my very first cat.  Tippy Toes was an immense comfort to me, I remember lying in bed at night feeling so alone and that the world that I had previously known had disappeared.  Then I would feel around under the covers with my foot until I found her, and as soon as I felt that velvety black coat of hers, I would know that I was not alone.  The anxiety would leave me and I would eventually drift off to sleep.  She was an immense comfort to me. 
These two pictures are side by side on my dresser and I look at them everyday before I leave for work.  They always make me happy.


a painter said...

These photos are wonderful. Yes, those are precious hands.

I know what you mean about your darling kitty. I had a similar situation with an ancient Yorkie who passed away a few years ago at 20.

The love of a pet is a reassuring thing. How wonderful that you have these photos!

Vintage Christine said...

Hey, I was wondering what happened to you, but you were just preparing this most wonderful post! Plus I have to remember that some people DO have jobs. I love the picture of you and Tippy Toes but can't imagine letting Boo under the covers--Holly wouldn't let him as that's HER domain, plus he'd be attacking our toes and then Mike would kill him! Thanks for sharing such sweet memories.

Annette said...

Awww, I absolutely love this. Amazing what gives us strength. A lot of times things we'd never expect. I love you! You have something else in common with your mamma...you're precious!

Plain-n-Simple! said...

LOL Its really good to put a picture to a blog to a face!!!! I am going to have a hard time not thinking of you as the elegant older gal in a beautiful even dress, w/ all grey hair!


DUTA said...

"A picture is worth a thousand words" - as they say. Just a look at your Mom's hands and at your cats'eyes, and one needs no words, things become clear.

Keetha said...

Precious hands. What you wrote about these two photos gave me cold chills. Great post!

Affi'enia said...

They are absolutely lovely photos. I'm a huge fan of photos and can spend hours reminiscing over them.

I really like your blog and wanted to share it with others. With that in mind I've tagged you over on my blog in what seems to be a game of blog tag. I hope you don't mind.

Grayquill said...

Hmmm...I pretty much think cats are worthless and I here am at your blog finding one that was useful... You are ruining my preferred opinion of the hairy beasts.
Nice tribute to your mom.

Camellia said...

Love this post. Thank you.