I'm participating in this week's Sepia Saturday, and just squeaked by under the prompt photo's theme, which is that of "families, festivities, trees, candles and wine." So I guess that keeps me from being a Sepia Scrooge.
I'd like to do a little tribute to my mother, who passed away five years ago today (December 20th) at the age of 92.
For a year or so, after she died, I'd do little pieces based on the fact of her loss. The first Mother's Day without her, the first birthday she wasn't here to celebrate with us, etc. Then I suggested to myself that I should stop being so maudlin and attempt to get on with my life.
But I thought that, for this five-year "anniversary" of sorts, my readers would excuse me if I published one more little remembrance of the woman who raised me.
My mother was born Anita Hartman on October 20th, 1917. And, as I've said before...
There were more technological advances during the span of my mother's life than I could list, even in a post of my usual entry's length...
My mom lived to see high-definition, flat-screen televisions. When she was born, radio hadn't even entered its golden age. Commercial air travel hadn't even gotten off the ground... errr... so to speak. And I could go on.
...but I won't.
I'm just going to share a few photos of my mother, spanning roughly 92 years.
The earliest existing photo of Anita
Hartman (center), at approximately age 3.
(Close-up of same.)
Mom at roughly 41/2, being
held by her older sister Josie.
Mom's rather unusual haircut above was
"designed" by my mom herself, on a day
when she ran amok with a pair of scissors.
Yearbook senior photo, 1935
Mom's autograph, from that same yearbook,
a yearbook my mother never owned.
Mom and Dad on their wedding day,
September 28th, 1940.
Mom and Grammy Josephine, mid-1950s.
Photo taken by my young sister, Kathy,
hence the upward angle.
Mom at approximately 50, late 1960s.
And the above photo is one of my favorites!
Thanks for your time.