Memories: the Foundation of our Present and Future

I’m a day late with my blog, which means I need to make it a super special blog, right? So here is the picture that is my inspiration when I sit down to write stories, romance or otherwise.


This is my Aunt’s wedding picture and I have been in love with it ever since I first saw it. To me, this speaks of happiness and family.  It is the perfect vision of the happiness of a wedding day, but is also so much about family.

My aunt is standing with her four sisters, in bridesmaid dresses hand-sewn by my grandmother.

My Grandma and Grandpa had eleven children. (I can’t even imagine that these days.) She raised them all pretty much single-handedly, because my grandfather traveled for months at a time working for companies who build dams all over the world. And she did an amazing job.

I have such fond memories of my grandparents, who lived close to us. Especially Thanksgivings spent at their house, where year after year we all gathered. Sisters, brothers, cousins, the whole lot of us. Tables would be hobbled together end to end through the living and dining rooms for a sit down dinner (with about 40 attending). Before dinner, we kids had the run of the upstairs. Hide-an-seek was the game of the day. Or games.

Dinner always included Grandma’s homemade rolls, which no one ever managed to duplicate after her death. I guess it was the special brand of love she infused them with.

After dinner, Grandpa would set up the projector and show pictures, mostly so we kids could laugh and tease each other.

It was a time of togetherness and love that has been the foundation of my life ever since. And I see that when I look at the happiness and love of these sisters.

I hope you all have memories, Thanksgiving or otherwise, that can make you smile each time you think of them. I am very, very grateful for mine.

Happy Thanksgiving month!





6 responses to “Memories: the Foundation of our Present and Future

  1. Is it from your mother’s side? Which one of the bridesmaid was her? I love these pictures. In fact this one might be one you want to have painted. My cousins son, who is REALLY talented, painted a picture of my mother and her sisters in a boat. He painted it from a photo and it isn’t in color, not really black and white either. The only trouble with it is that we can’t name the sisters as they were younger so it’s only a guess over who is who. I’m nagging for a print made from it.

    Thanks for sharing, it a picture that sparkles with love.

  2. A wonderful photograph, full of love and happiness. Grandparents are so special. I miss mine. They had 10 children, my father being the eldest. How they all managed in a 3-bedroomed house is beyond me. Couldn’t happen here nowadays as parents insist on a bedroom for each, or at least just 2 in a room at most. Apart from the odd one or two wedding photo we haven’t any of the whole family, we all always spent Boxing day with my grandparents but no-one ever thought to take a photograph. Such a shame. Thanks for sharing the picture. 🙂

    • I know what you mean about wondering how they managed. I went back to see the house my aunts and uncles were raised in, the house I played in as a child. It seemed SO tiny!
      And it is a shame you don’t have physical Boxing Day pictures, but It sounds like you have a lot of memory pictures. Sometimes, those are the best kind, because we can add more rose-colored tint to them. 🙂

  3. Thank you for sharing such wonderful memories. I love the photo which evoked such poignant memories for me of my mother. They were so elegant in those days. Hope you are busy today creating memories for the next generations.

    • I completely agree. There is an elegance missing in today’s world. Offices are casual, jeans are accepted almost anywhere. Not that I’m against casual (or jeans, mind you.) But I rarely have the opportunity to dress up anymore. I think I miss it. 🙂

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