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Monday, 10 January 2011

The Gallery - body parts

The slightly contraversial theme at Sticky Finger's The Gallery this week is body parts.  I have a feeling it will be an emotional rollercoaster this week...


There is something about seeing these hands I find so moving. So wise, they touched so much, held so much, helped so much, soothed so much.  Made so many flowers grow, baked so many cakes, prepared so many miners' dinners as manager of the colliery canteen.

They are my grandmother's hands.   She lived long enough to meet my first child and that was a gift. For me this picture has always symbolised that gift.

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25 Comments:

At 11 January 2011 at 21:44 , Blogger Emma said...

Awww what a lovely picture and so thoughtful!!!!

 
At 11 January 2011 at 21:47 , OpenID christinemosler said...

Oh......that is gorgeous. Gorgeous. My Gran lived to see me married. I lost my first child and when I was pregnant with my second she died. I was too pregnant to fly to her funeral. I have her hands and I wear her engagement ring on the ring finger of my right hand. She would've held my children just like yours did here and your post has made me smile thinking of her doing that. Thank you so much. C xxx

 
At 11 January 2011 at 22:11 , Blogger The Alexander Residence said...

Thanks Emma
Christine - I'm glad it struck a chord. I saw a similar picture at imperfect pages a few weeks ago of her Grandad and baby, it had a similar effect on me.
I feel for you being too pregnant to fly. I went to my Grandma's funeral two days before my second was born. I have heard so many stories of people losing grandparents while pregnant, the whole circle of life thing is so powerful. P x

 
At 11 January 2011 at 22:18 , OpenID christinemosler said...

It is! I have always felt that she left to make a little space for him :-)

 
At 12 January 2011 at 08:50 , Blogger Trish @ Mum's Gone to... said...

You're right about the circle of life and how it often seems that when a baby comes along, a member of the oldest generation will move on.
My brother had a baby on Christmas Day: my father is very poorly and we don't know how long he will last but he has seen his new grandson and that feels so good.

 
At 12 January 2011 at 09:09 , Blogger Mummy Mishaps aka Jenny Paulin said...

What a beautiful photo showing old and new body parts. Those hands, like you say, tell a story don't they? Lovely post x

 
At 12 January 2011 at 09:09 , OpenID helloitsgemma said...

so emotive. does make you think about life.

 
At 12 January 2011 at 09:16 , OpenID fiddledidee said...

That is just lovely - thanks!

 
At 12 January 2011 at 09:18 , OpenID ohabbyreally said...

Ah, this was just lovely. Beautiful picture.

 
At 12 January 2011 at 09:42 , Blogger Nic's Notebook said...

Oh my goodness, I love this post - made me all teary! It really is such a special picture!

 
At 12 January 2011 at 12:13 , Blogger kateab said...

Beautiful. None of my grandparents lived to see my children, and I never met my maternal grandmother anyway. As you say, it's such a gift to have this memory and picture.

 
At 12 January 2011 at 13:31 , Blogger This Mid 30s Life said...

What a beautiful photo!!

Had to get out of Twitter I could NOT keep up. So am messaging you here instead. Congratulations on the Fresh Voice award - wonderful news and well deserved!! xxxxx

 
At 12 January 2011 at 13:58 , Anonymous tiddlyompompom said...

ooh, I just got a little bit teary. such a lovely photo and a great post.

 
At 12 January 2011 at 13:59 , Anonymous Cara Freckles said...

I saw this first thing, and was so moved by it, I've had to come back and tell you so. Also to have another look. It's so lovely, your baby must know she is in a safe pair of hands as she looks so content.

 
At 12 January 2011 at 14:40 , OpenID marisworld said...

I love old hands too, in fact I chose them for my entry today, just a little younger :)

 
At 12 January 2011 at 17:22 , Blogger Hot Cross Mum said...

Lovely, lovely picture and what a mighty fine blog you have here.

 
At 12 January 2011 at 21:16 , Blogger Domestic Goddesque said...

I so love the juxtaposition of the old and the new.

 
At 12 January 2011 at 21:17 , Blogger Domestic Goddesque said...

Congratulations on your award!

 
At 12 January 2011 at 21:29 , Blogger Mom on a Wire said...

A truly special moment captured to be enjoyed and remembered forever.

Lovely post!

 
At 12 January 2011 at 22:05 , Blogger zookeeper said...

Hello, thanks for finding me at dummiesndoghairs. To reiterate what everyone has said above, your photo is so simple but so touching. Neither my grandparents nor, more importantly, my father met his grandchildren. Sometimes I kick myself for not having children earlier (I had my twins at 39) but nature put a few obstacles in my way. Better late than never - I feel very lucky to have them at all. Look forward to nosing around your old posts x

 
At 13 January 2011 at 08:44 , Blogger Headhuntress said...

That is the perfect picture to encapsulate the theme, wonderful contrast of newness and age. Lovely, lovely, lovely! xxx

 
At 13 January 2011 at 08:45 , Blogger The Alexander Residence said...

Thank you for all the lovely comments. Using this shot was partly inspired by seeing imperfectpages' grandad's hands which really resonated with me too. Sad to hear other people's stories of loss. Trish, thinking of you, my mum is very poorly right now too x

 
At 13 January 2011 at 14:40 , Anonymous Herding Cats said...

What a beautiful post and such a wonderful picture!

 
At 13 January 2011 at 18:25 , Anonymous elsie anderton said...

That brought a lump to my throat & a tear to my eye. Perfect post x

 
At 16 January 2011 at 00:38 , Anonymous JallieDaddy said...

Beautiful :)

 

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