2021: R – April A to Z: Mama in Photos… Remembering more Photos

2021: R – April A to Z: Mama I 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!

R… Remembering more Photos

Mama’s 5 great granddaughters… she was so proud to always show their photos… and wished she was closer to have seen them more often. It breaks my heart in thinking how she also never saw my children grow up and then again with the granddaughters. It’s hard when your children move, but they all have to do what is best for them.

Mama with Donna… her “other” daughter. I’m thankful for all Donna did for mama through the years… besides being a friend… she was always there for her through the years when I couldn’t be.

Showing off one of our favorite sites to my son’s in-laws on a trip to Georgia. This was once a commissary general store for the Nolan plantation home… back in the day. We often took photos on this porch every time I came home… and everytime mama would say… “haven’t you gone there enough times and taken photos.

Mama appears to be waiting by the road here… possibly for the school bus in high school. This photo was sent to me by a cousin… it had never appeared in my album until recently. Looks to have been a colder southern day as she’s wearing a coat.

Only photo I’ve ever seen of Granddaddy McKinley riding a horse… he usually was behind the plow and horse. For some reason, the bag hanging down on the left looks like a purse… was it taken the same day as the one I have of mama crying on the horse… maybe that’s mama’s purse hanging here? Is there snow on the ground??

Look… they even got grandmama McKinley up on the horse, complete with a cowgirl hat and smiles from them both! I’ve never seen grandmama in any photo like this other than standing by granddaddy for a posed shot. Love seeing his old Ford Model T in the background. Wonder what else is missing… as mama cut up the photos years ago… and probably cut out even more background info! If that’s Pat, the horse, hope granddaddy holds onto him or he’ll take off high trotting back to the barn. He was known to take you always for a fast ride back to the barn… he never forgot the way home!

Until I took a closer look at this photo… I hadn’t known that Mama was in the mirror.. looking toward her jewelry!

In cleaning, I opened a basket and pulled out this unfinished top… I sat there wondering how long had it been there… as she hadn’t sewed in years that I knew of. Mama’s favorite color of clothes was always “white.”

The youngest photo I have of mama with me… and I hadn’t seen this in a long time to until I went searching… and nice to see again. Mama went through much depression when I was born, as her first child died at age 6 months… Monica was born with spina bifida. It took mama a long time to accept that there was nothing wrong with me… my Aunt Chris, who lived next door, often took care of me during the day.

Three photos that now only take up one space…. Oh what am I missing in all the cut outs?

I think Stephen was blushing here when his Angel gave him a goodbye kiss!


My previous years of A to Z Challenges:


For more A to Z of Mama in Photos… click HERE!

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5 Responses to 2021: R – April A to Z: Mama in Photos… Remembering more Photos

  1. ReginaMary says:

    If that one photo on the roadside was of your mom waiting for the school bus, I am most impressed. If you could see what the kids wear to school now!! My mom was quite the dresser, too. They took a lot of pride in their appearance; it was a sign of respect for themselves and others.

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  2. mollyscanopy says:

    A lovely montage of photos about your mom. I love the one of her all dressed up standing in the road. Such a contrast between her outfit and the rural surroundings. The one of her with you as a baby is priceless. https://mollyscanopy.com/2021/04/rock-n-roll-djs-my-brief-crush-on-jack-rose/

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  3. cassmob says:

    Your poor mum going through that with her baby. No wonder she was anxious about you as an infant but it’s a lovely photo. She was a “demon” with the scissors wasn’t she? Background can tell us so much.

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