Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Mourning and Celebration

My grandfather died last week... here are some pictures...

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Three Kleenex Breakfast
When The May Queen woke up we broke the news that her Great Grandfather had died. She barely touched her pancakes, and when her plate was cleared this is what was left on the table.

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Sanibel at Sunset
A view from the plane

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Young Driver
Driving the golf cart was a kick for me as a child, and The May Queen and her cousin were thrilled to be deemed old enough to drive it themselves. My cousin was patient- and strong stomached- enough to let them drive round and round the cul de sac. I love the joy on their faces and the way the sunlight is captured. Grandpa would have been smiling. And then telling them not to drive with two feet ("You'll strip my brakes!" ... like mother, like daughter!)

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Waves
I have a picture at this same beach of a 2 year old May Queen holding hands with her great grandfather... wait... let me see if I can dig it up...
There it is. Nov. 2004. We decided that taking the kids to the beach was a great way to honor Grandpa... by doing something he loved doing.

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Fancy Dishes

We spread out the stuff, and each took what we wanted to remember, and thought we would use. The rest... most of it... we boxed up to donate.

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Grandpa's Garden

Still blooming...

2 comments:

Mary G said...

That's so hard, and you wrote and photographed with such love. Sending hugs and a gasp of amazement at how grown up the May Queen looks. I'm sure her great grandpa is smiling about that.

Sue said...

So sorry to hear your news. That picture of the kleenex was a punch to the gut.

I love how this sequence of photos unfolds as a tribute to your grandfather. I'm especially tickled by the Fancy Dishes shot b/c I could've taken a similar photo at my mom's house after she died. The sense memory of her is powerful whenever I see a shot like that one.