2021: M – April A to Z: 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!
M… More Photos Around Town
I have many photos shot around Siloam, where mama was born and grew up… and in Union Point, where her best friend, Willie Mae, lived… it was also where we lived after they married. Developing photos was expensive in those days… and thought wasteful by many. Even though mama won a camera once… she said after that roll was developed, she knew her father wasn’t going to buy her anymore film… and definitely not pay for developing. I guess she took advantage of that roll of film and why I have so many “posed” photos.
I believe this photo to be taken in front of the City Hotel in Union Point… owned by Willie Mae’s (mama’s best friend) parents. Mama often spent the weekend there with her best friend… and spent the entire weekend getting into trouble!
And here’s mama again in the same clothes… that’s why I feel those two spent the entire day traipsing around Union Point… taking posed photographs! She is sitting on top of the tunnel built under the railroad, and known to the locals as the “rat hole.” Notice the train behind her… I’m thinking it’s stopped, as it probably would have blurred in an older film camera. The reason for the tunnel was… that when the train stopped, the workers could still cross underneath to get to work at the hosiery mill, which was just across from the “rat hole.” And it’s still there! When I first saw the photo, mama just referred to it as a tunnel, but it was Willie Mae who yelled out, “that’s the rat hole.” She crossed under it every day on the way to school!
The “Rat Hole” today!
Mama posin’ by the war memorial… just outside the hosiery mill gate in Union Point. I guess she and Willie Mae were making the rounds… trying to use up the film. Just two silly girls out and about on a Saturday afternoon!
Mama always took a good photo!
Top left photo has mama posing on another day… leaning on the war memorial… the two photos to the left, I’m assuming to again be at the City Hotel. Mama did tell me that she was sitting on the backstairs at the City Hotel. The bottom left has mama again in her plaid shirt, rolled up denim jeans and saddle shoes… I’m not sure where this photo was, but I think it was near town. The middle bottom photo looks to have the hosiery mill in the background… maybe she was posing for a photo to send her boyfriend… my father. The bottom right of mama and a friend eating ice cream, also looks to be by one of the hosiery mill buildings… and I just bet they bought those cones uptown at Rhodes Drugstore. I never did get a chance to show her this photo to see if she remembered the other girl, and I’ve yet to find anyone who recognizes her.
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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