2021: U – April A to Z: Mama in Photos… Unseen Photos and their Stories

2021: U – 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!

U… Unseen Photos and their Stories

In arriving at Mama’s on vacation several years ago, I spotted this orange tiger Halloween outfit hanging on the porch… I rolled my eyes! Next thing I knew, Melissa had went back out on the porch… reappearing with it in her hands asking, “Angel, can I have this?” While mama was thrilled that we immediately had discovered something we wanted… I was shocked that Melissa wanted it… it was a perfect fit… and came home in her bag!

We never knew what we would find when arriving at mama’s… or rather what she’d gathered for us. Usually, no sooner than having a chance to get ourselves in the house… she would suddenly appear in the living room showing us things, and asking, “do you like this?” One year she had over a dozen brand new baby dresses, complete with tags, that someone had donated to the center from a store closing. My daughter in law was expecting mama’s first grandchild… and mama was expecting me to carry them all home in my suitcase… one way or another… and I took them all home!

Through the years, my suitcases carried many things, from the largest cast iron pan I’d ever seen to many bags of White Lily Flour… nothing makes a better biscuit… to suitcases full of plants! What I often brought home was carry bags… full of everything!

While I don’t have the actual photograph of mama wearing this… I do have the hat! I made this many years for mama… and for like forever, it hung on the dining room closet door… until one Halloween. On a visit, I found this 25-cents tag hanging on it, and… “Oh I went as Minnie Pearl to the Halloween party at the senior center… and even won a prize!” How easy was that costume… and clever to have even thought of. What I wouldn’t give for that photo!

Mama told me that she was crying in this photo… maybe she didn’t want to be on the horse. I only know of one horse they had… by the name of Pat. In this photo, my grandfather looks like he’s laughing… so maybe he was laughing at her.

Mama with grandson, Steve, (2006) at their wedding rehearsal dinner. She had a great time at the aloha themed dinner… they were heading to Hawaii for their honeymoon.

Grandson Steve and Rose at rehearsal dinner… a few clues as to their honeymoon destination! I planned the Aloha theme, complete with hats, leis and everything Hawaiian!

Mama kept this magnetic photo on her fridge since 2010… even though she wasn’t able to attend her granddaughters wedding, she loved looking at the wedding photographs. By this time, she didn’t like to travel anymore by herself… she just wasn’t comfortable with flying like she once was. At one time, she’d pack a bag in a quick minute… and ready to go! I designed this picture… and a poster sized print was displayed at the bridal shower for the movie themed shower I had planned. I even added Boo (mama’s cat) in this print… portraying Melissa and Frank in The Bride of Frankenstein movie theme. I chose this theme as they previously had dressed in those costumes for a Halloween party. The bridal shower was quite unique… as several faux actors of Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Darth Vader, The Tin Man and the man himself “Frankenstein” (the groom) stopped in to say hello to the bride.

Look who stopped by at my daughters bridal shower! (Indiana Jones, my son)

Mama’s only granddaughter, Melissa, on her wedding with new grandson Frank. In as much as mama really wanted to be there on that day… she just wasn’t comfortable any longer in leaving her house… she also wasn’t wanting to leave Boo.


My previous years of A to Z Challenges:


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

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7 Responses to 2021: U – April A to Z: Mama in Photos… Unseen Photos and their Stories

  1. Great story. I have a lot of old family photo albums. I don’t even recognize a lot of the people in them and there is no writing on the back of most photos. I have a lot of memories on my farm as a kid since I am the third generation here. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. That orange tiger outfit is spectacular! Love the photo of your mom crying on the horse — that must have become an inside joke of sorts. And the wedding photos are delightful. https://mollyscanopy.com/2021/04/undaunted-seventh-blogiversary-atozchallenge/

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  3. cassmob says:

    What a gorgeous wedding photo and what a shame your Mum didn’t feel up to going. Oh my! That Halloween outfit!!

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