Friday, February 22, 2008

I Have Nothing New, So Look At This, Will Ya?

My paternal grandmother, we always called her Mamaw Eunice, was my buddy when I was little.

We all loved her and she loved all of us grandkids with all of her heart.

She was quite a character, and this rare photo of her as a child shows this.

Even when she was old, she said that she distinctly remembered this day of the photo, because she refused to have her picture taken because her only pair of shoes had a hole in the toe.

Well, they made her pose there and took the photograph anyway. They tried to cover her foot with some flowers there on the ground, but by the time the photo was taken, she had moved, so they ended up with a photo of her giving the adults there "The Look," and with the big toe of her right foot in plain sight anyway.

All of us married men are very familiar with "The Look" because we've all seen it from our wives and directed at us.

I did a lot of work in Photoshop Elements to try to clean up the photo a bit, but the photo itself didn't need help as much as the blue border did.

Anyway, Mamaw Eunice was a cool grandmother and I still miss her.

This photo was taken around 1916 or 1917. She was born in 1913, and died in 1988. I feel so blessed to have also known her as an adult.

On my other blog, Least Significant Bits, I wrote a post last year about a special gift she left to me when she passed away. It's worth a read if you're interested.


Big Doofus said...

This is so special. I went back and read the old post you linked to--precious (and since I'm a guy, I don't use that word much). I only have a few memories of my grandparents as most of them died when I was very young. However, you might enjoy the fact that my West Virginia grandparents (known as Pop-Pop and Nan-Nan) were named Opie and Goldie. Great hillbilly names.

photowannabe said...

Your picture of your Mamaw and that pouty look is terrific. It reminds me of myself doing the Look too. It always took my Dad so long to compose a picture (his Dad was a professional photographer) that I became totally bored and lost that spontaneous smile. It would turn into a grimice or "that look". Of course not all the time but this did bring back memories...
John, this is a lovely tribute to her. Thanks for sharing.

Babystepper said...

Ha! Love The Look. I still give that when people try to take my picture.

Moi said...

beautiful restoration work and your grandma's personality just bursts out of that pic..even as a child!!!! :)

Kerri said...

This is an Absolutely Wonderful Picture....definitely a treasure!
And I know that look.....I have been known to give that look on occasion.