2021: J – April A to J: Mama in Photos…
I’m back for my sixth year (2021)… can you believe it… of participating in the yearly April A to Z challenge… and I’ve had quite a time in deciding on my “theme.” I had a few running through my head, but as I lost my mother last November, I thought I’d honor her through the many photographs I have of her… and tell the story of the photograph… as every photo has a story.
I’m fortunate that my mother had many photos of herself growing up… and I’m honoring her this year as the theme of my April A to Z… especially as was she was an April baby. Mama would have turned 91 this year… but she’s now back home celebrating this birthday with her parents and brother on the farm… where I believe she was always the happiest. The past few years my mother was fighting off dementia, while still managing to live alone until the last couple months of her life. I miss her every day… thinking of her daily and remembering all she did for me. She was the storyteller… She supplied me with my stories… and it’s because of her, that I write!
Mama’s last headboard she fell in love with… just because she could pin her jewelry on it! She loved looking at it all… not necessarily keeping it in a jewelry chest or drawers… she wanted it displayed like art!
J… Jewelry, Jewelry and more Jewelry
Besides jewelry pinned on the headboard, she liked to pin the granddaughters pictures!
I’m not sure how my mother accumulated so much jewelry over the years, but I’m thinking it might be from her many years of working in the clothes closet at the senior center. She was the one who sorted all the clothes and donations… and loved it… as it gave her first pickings! Mama never was one to want to buy new in a store… she would say, “why should I pay high store prices when I can pay a quarter… if you wait long enough, what you want will come in there.” For the most part, she was right!
When I began packing up mama’s jewelry… every time I thought I had found it all… suddenly I’d open a drawer or box… and discover more… as if it suddenly multiplied! In as many clothes as she had… she also had as much jewelry to match! There was jewelry in every drawer, hung on every hook and nail… and everywhere I cleaned. Then there was her headboard… she had to have… just so she could pin her earrings on… and I thought I’d never finish picking them all off!
I still haven’t photographed all the bags of jewelry I brought home… so guess I’ll have to add more photographs to this blog.
As I begin to sort mama’s jewelry… I’ll blog a show & tell!
Mama loved her jewelry and told me to be sure and take all her jewelry for the grandchildren to play with. I haven’t had time to go through… with all the running to Georgia to take care of her… and at times it was overwhelming as what was I going to do with it all. I have gone through some of it, separating all the decorative pins… hoping to make a framed arrangement of them one day. Pinterest has some awesome ideas… and maybe one will jump out at me.
Pretty much every photograph mama is in, she’s decked out in jewelry. At one time her hair was short, only covering her ear on one side, while the other side was swept back… and at that time she only wore one earring… just because she liked to be different… it became her trademark!
As Mama always said… “I can never have enough jewelry.”
We often dragged mama along to antique stores when we visited… but she didn’t really mind as often she’d find a large basket of jewelry to rummage through… and if the price was right, she’d buy. Usually you’d find a huge basket of costume jewelry in the beginning of those stores… so I knew I always had time to ramble as she looked through all the pretties She never really liked gold or expensive jewelry… saying how she’d probably lose it… she was a costume girl!
Just as having her hair always perfectly styled… she also had to have her jewelry on before she was ready to go… and she enjoyed having “lots” to choose from. Mama could never have enough… there was never any such thing as “too much“!
My previous years of A to Z Challenges:
- 2016: A to Z Southern Foods and Memories… they said write what you know… and being a girl born in the South… well this was what I knew.
- 2017: A to Z Conversations with Mama… it was a somewhat easy one for me to write as I’d journaled our conversations for years… I researched favorite topics to write.
- 2018: A to Z All About Nancy Drew… this one has been my favorite topic so far, and I don’t know if I’ll ever come up with another one to equal it
- 2019: A to Z Italian Famiglia Foods and Memories… I felt it was time to finally write the favorites of my husbands family foods.
- 2020: A to Z Family Stories… writing the stories of my husband’s family.
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