Friday, September 17, 2021

Portrait of My Mother

After my grandfather died, my aunt and uncle, who lived down the gravel lane from me, purchased my grandparents' house from the family trust.  My aunt and uncle moved out of their farmhouse (which was originally my great-grandparents' farmhouse--are you confused yet?!) and their son and his wife moved into the farmhouse.  In other words: there was some house-shuffling here on the farm last year. 

My aunt and uncle had an enormous amount of work to do sorting through the 80 years' worth of stuff that my grandparents owned.  Because I am the oldest grandchild, a girl, and live on the farm, and also because I am well-known for my sentimentality, I've gotten some special things over the past few years. 

This photograph of my mother was in her former bedroom at my grandparents' house. This was taken when she was just out of college, I believe.  A freshly-minted young lady with a degree from Mary Washington College in Virginia.  She had that same beautiful smile her whole life.

When I looked at the photograph closely, I could see that she was wearing a little twisted gold and emerald ring (her birthstone), which I still own today.  It's barely visible in this photo; I had to look very closely to identify it.  But that's the one that sits in my jewelry box to this day!


I passed this along to my sister, so she'd have this luminous beauty looking over her each day. 

 My mother had more grit, grace, optimism, openness, positivity, and straight-up joie de vivre than anyone I've ever met in my life. Twenty years gone. I wish everyone could have known her. 

3 comments:

  1. Oh, Polly, this is so sweet. Your mother is adorable (I do love that smile!). And your tribute to her inspires me. I wish I was one of those people you mentioned who you wished could have known her. She sounds amazing.

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    1. Thank you, Susan! I think you and she would get along swimmingly. I’ve never met anyone else like her. She had such optimism and perseverance in the face of obstacles, and maintained her sense of humor and her positivity in spite of hardships. I wish I could sit down with her today and tell her how her example has fueled me in my adult life.

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    2. Thank you, Susan! I think you and she would get along swimmingly. I’ve never met anyone else like her. She had such optimism and perseverance in the face of obstacles, and maintained her sense of humor and her positivity in spite of hardships. I wish I could sit down with her today and tell her how her example has fueled me in my adult life.

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