This is one of my favorite photos of myself. I am not the star of the picture (although there's a definite possibility that was the intention). No, to me this photo is about my grandmother. I called her "Mom Mom." I loved her, so much. I loved walking to her house and hanging out for awhile. I loved her hugs, and I love that I can still remember exactly what they felt like. I loved her beautiful peony bush that welcomed visitors at the door. I loved the way it's gorgeous, papery blooms meant that spring had truly arrived. I loved her Japanese Maple tree, the one in the background. It's low, strong branches were a shaded playground on which grandchildren could imagine and dream. When I think about her now, these are the memories that come to mind. She developed Alzheimer's Disease when I was a teenager, and passed away when I was a junior in college. Although, with a disease like Alzheimer's, she was really gone long before she actually died. But this is the Mom Mom that I remember. And I love that this one photo captures so many memories that I hold so dear.
Day 17, Friday: A favorite photo of yourself and why