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>> Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Camilla posted some vintage family photos today and it got me thinking of one that I picked up during a visit to Michigan to see my husband's family. Mr. Sabbe's Aunt Irene was one of those older ladies who was ready to go. Her husband died years earlier and during our 2 hour visit, she tried relentlessly to make me take home anything from porcelain statues to wood end tables, determined she would die at any moment. The one thing I did end up with was a stack of vintage photos. The one above is one of my favorites. Irene is the one in the top left, other than that I do not know any of the other ladies. But I love this photo, there is such a story to be told.

These women worked together on a boat, I believe it was during WWII. I remember looking at this photo, I was 24 years old, and thinking Irene was very close to my age. I don't know what it was, but it was so surreal for me to look at this image, which I could totally imagine being me and my girlfriends, and understand that in this photo was a young woman who was now an old lady, ready to die. Do old photos ever get you thinking about the brevity of youth?

6 comments:

Danielle Oakey Interiors October 19, 2010 at 2:40 PM  

what a cool photo, sometimes it is hard to believe that our grandparents were ever young. Seems like our youth just flies by. i have a couple more years left, holding on tight...

Deepali Kalia Interior Design Blog Filling Spaces October 19, 2010 at 3:19 PM  

Oh what a vintage picture i love going through the black and white era!

Emily October 20, 2010 at 8:26 AM  

Cutest picture ever. I love that! We have been digging through pics lately for the wedding and I found some old ones of my grandmother. They are so great!

Honeybee Ministries October 20, 2010 at 9:57 AM  

absolutely! i am weird like that though...i am always thinking about time...and how fast it goes by...and how little of it some have. it can just slip right through your fingers if you are not careful. i LOVE old photos! i would love to see the rest in another post soon! thanks for the reminder of the brevity of youth and life in general. we need to enjoy every season of our lives and make the most of the advantages of each...(preaching to myself:)...This passage stuck out to me this morning...The glory of the young is their strength; the gray hair of experience is the splendor of the old.-Proverbs 20:29

Stephanie Sabbe October 20, 2010 at 10:15 AM  

Mel- love that verse. Thanks for sharing! Miss you!

LindsB October 20, 2010 at 11:44 AM  

I love love love old family photos!! They are so much more interesting then photos today, at least I think so. There is something about the history and story behind them that make them perfect for frameable art. I have a ton around my house :)

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