Mom passed 16 years ago - much too young and too soon (58). During the viewing, children from her school laid origami cranes on her - and so, origami cranes always remind me of her. On the anniversary of her death, April 8th, I was getting beautiful at the hair salon. I was enjoying a wonderful massage/shampoo, and then returned to the stylist’s station. I sat down & looked next to me to find a woman sitting there making origami cranes! Wow! It's funny because I had been thinking I hadn't "felt" her in a while.
Thanks Mom, I love you, too!
After this little "message" from Mom, I decided to go through her old photo albums.
|Mom as a baby with her mom, my grandmother.|
|Always some of my favorite photos of mom - angelic and mischievous at the same time!|
|Mom's dad, my grandpa. I think Mom got her joie de vivre and happy personality from him.|
|Mom was from a small town in Eastern Pennsylvania. When she turned 14, she went to the Jersey Shore for summer work with friends. They worked at ice cream shops and later at posh restaurants that saw the likes of Frank Sinatra.|
|Some of my favorite photos of mom are from her days at Kutztown State Teachers College (now known as Kutztown University). Up to this time she had always just been "Mom". Seeing these photographs was like looking at my mom as a real person. Mom is in the top photo on the left.|
|Mom was always a fun loving people person. Here she is bottom center.|
|I have always loved shots from the 1950s - the styles, the mood.|
They were always posing & trying for a glamorous look!
Mom is top right under the umbrella!
|Mom, top left - yes, with the beer can!|
I always loved her smile... & she was always smiling!
|Mom's graduation photo from Kutztown College.|
Thank you to my photographer friend from across the pond, Claire, for inspiring me to go through Mom's scrapbooks. xo