Saturday, May 9, 2015

Photos From the Past ... Just in Time for Mother's Day

Photos From the Past ... Just in Time for Mother's Day
By Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee/@grannygee

The two special photos that came in the mail ... just in time for Mother's Day.  Photos of my mother that I never knew existed.  Thank-you, Linda Lou.

I received something very special in the mail.  I opened the pretty, soft sage green envelope ... took a folded, matching piece of stationery out, opened it up.

Inside were 2 photos of my mother as a young woman.  I had never seen these photos before.  I was thrilled to get photos of my mother I never knew existed.

Thank you to my cousin in Oregon for sending them to me.  You gave me a priceless gift.

I've sat here looking at the two photos ... my mother as a young woman was full of personality, and sass.  I loved her very much.

In these photos, I think she was around twenty-four years old.  Do you know what strikes me as special, strange when I look at the young photos of her?

The last time I saw my mother was in the funeral home ... she lay on the stretcher (I tried not to notice she was being embalmed) ... her hair had been freshly washed.

Her hair was so soft ... I touched my mother's hair with my hand.  I placed the palm of my hand gently on her cheek, tears flowed down on my arms.  I kissed my mother goodbye.

What struck me as special, strange ... was my mother had no stress on her face ... she looked very young ... just like her photos.  Her hair, her face ... she was beautiful as she lay there.

Tommy, and I went to view her before she was cremated.  (The funeral home guy mislead my step-father about embalming ... that was another $800-900 added to the cost of her funeral arrangements.  (Remember when cremating, normally ... embalming isn't required).

Photos from the past ... of my mother.  I never knew they existed.  Thank you very much, Linda Lou.  They mean the world to me ... I will treasure them.

Photos, story owned ... written by me.  Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee/@grannygee


  1. I am so glad you got those photos of your mother. That is how I remember her. She was definitely beautiful!! Everyone knew that. I never say her when she did not look pretty. I never saw any stress on her. That is terrible about the funeral home guy not letting you know that a person doesn't have to be embalmed when being cremated. A person doesn't have to be embalmed when they are not being cremated either. I found that out when my daughter's step-mother's mother passed away. Love, Ms. Nancy

  2. Lucky you got those photos. Your mom was a very lovely woman.