The Be Still assignment was intriguing. Make a portrait of someone without the actual person being there. The idea was to gather things that might convey something about that person. I thought of my grandmother. At her death, her garage was filled with boxes of everyday things she collected from old dust pans, to shoe forms, canning jars, and old linens. She grew up in a boarding house so I think these common things reminded her of those days, with the traveling salesmen coming through town staying a night or two, their bags filled with all kinds of things a household on the Kansas prairie might need.
She had 3 boys, always wanted a girl, and got her wish with her first grandchild, me. She loved to read and thought it was an important past time, so as a child I always received a book from her at Christmastime.
She taught me how to make pinwheels and how to can. She loved music and would always have the radio on when she worked in the kitchen.
But none of these material things can express my most cherished memories of my grandma. She had a youthful spirit and a kind heart. She had a sly smile and her laugh was infectious. She had soft eyes that would look at you with a kind of pride that made you stand taller, and she hugged you with her whole body and spirit.
Linking up with Kim Klassen’s Texture Tuesday today. All the images here have Kim’s breathe preset applied and her Magic 091 texture added. I think I applied it with soft light blend mode at around 35% but can’t quite read my processing notes as Peg, our cat, threw up her breakfast on my notebook! Oh well, back to reality.