We are all so beautiful

05 July 2013

I've mentioned this before, how she sends us pictures. We come home to a small white envelope, a letter detailing her parade outing (she was the grand marshall), the weather report (hot and dry), and pictures from my childhood. I cringe at the bangs, the perm bordering on child cruelty, my penchant for hats.

I think, no wonder she's sending these to me. Who would want to remember those dangling bow earrings?

My mother's always been good to keep her up to date with photos. Tiny albums filled with baby cousins and weddings and distant relations we may only see in heaven. They do their time on her coffee table, eventually finding their way back to me, or my sister, or any of us. We trade and laugh and remember what the heat felt like on bare, prepubescent legs. Where grandpa would hide the Easter eggs. Football in the school field.

And among the memories and the photos and the dangling bow earrings, there is always a gem. A forever moment. I am in her arms as a newborn, the sun is setting. Her hair is as it always is, only darker, she is so young. The image greets me several times a day, sitting in the windowsill at the top of the stairs.

She is so beautiful, I think.

We are all so beautiful.

Linking up with Lisa-Jo and friends for Five Minute Friday.


  1. Such a sweet perspective! I remember the horrible perms. ;) I hope your mother sees this and realises how beautiful you know she is. Blessings to you!
    ~sharon (from 5MF)

  2. i also love the pictures. we sent her recent pictures of the kids and us and expect to get them back in 10 years! :) i LOVE the picture of her holding you. our last batch had one of her with the boys, circa 1982...it's our most recent gem! love you.

    1. think this is Danielle, right? :) we should compare photos. the most surprising part of the above photo is how serious Jessica looks! love you, too. x

  3. I love that she helps keep memories with photos - the beauty of which one can look at daily.

  4. I like that line about forever moments, it's why we take the pictures right? and it's the casual, no cost ones that last the longest :)