Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Birthday Wishes



This is a photo of my mother. It was probably taken in or around 1938.
That would be before she was married when she was still Mary MacIsaac.

I always like to look at photos of my parents before they had any idea
how their lives would unfold.

There is a youthful energy in their eyes and an excitement in the fact
that they had their whole lives ahead of them....an innocence almost.

It is a 'look' and a face, we as children, didn't and couldn't really appreciate 
and know.

Mom would have been 92 years old today.


45 comments:

  1. Memories, photos in sepia, a whole life ahead, and now we look back on what was. Thank you for sharing this beautiful photo with us. Greetings from Jean

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    1. Jean, thanks. I like how one's face can tell a whole story.

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  2. I wonder what she'd think if she looked at her picture now.
    Here's to you, Mary!!
    :)~
    HUGZ

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    1. Now that is an interesting question. She was a very shy person who didn't like attention drawn to her.

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  3. What a beautiful photo. I love seeing these and imagining our parents' lives and minds back then.

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    1. Me too! I have always felt happy that my parents 'had a life' before the kids....makes them more human somehow.
      I have just noticed that her eyes are like one of my brother's eyes. Never noticed that before.

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  4. To the memory of your mother and the bond you will never forget. Hope it is a day of all the good memories and shared moments that live on...
    Ivan

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    1. It has been one of reflection and memories of a very gentle woman.

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  5. Like reading the first chapter of a novel where you know how it all ends.

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    1. You absolutely got it, Debra!! I know the whole story and to see my mother at the beginning of her 'next chapter' so to speak, makes me appreciate her even more.

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    1. Becky, that is sweet. Thank you so much.

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  7. Happy Birthday to your Mom - My own mother's birthday was the 25th. She would have been 96. It's nice to look back at their youth before time and events changed them to matured adults.

    Your Mom was very pretty, must be where you got your looks???

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    1. Happy Birthday to your mother too Sharon. Another November baby!

      I do look more like the MacIsaac/MacDonald side and not so much the Cuvelier/Wagner side (father). She was very pretty I remember. Tragically she had a terrible car accident in the mid 60's and she never looked the same.

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  8. Happy Birthday to my Grandma...only knew her for a few months....but I do remember her.
    Sophie

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    1. Oh Soph! Mom would have loved you and spoiled you to death!! She may have tolerated all your licking!! lol

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  9. What a beautiful portrait! I love to look at old family pictures and wonder about the lives the people led. My grandmother used to tell me many family stories, but when I was young I didn't have the same interest as I have now. I wish I had paid more attention.

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    1. Don't we all, Pat, and hang on to the ones you remember. I was very close to my mother most of my and her life.

      Mom's mother used to 'fill in the spaces' on family for me....they were quite different personalities.

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  10. thanks for posting this most beautiful pix of our beautiful mother......missing her, today and always.......

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    1. You're welcome, Marilyn. Mom's friendly spirit is being missed by our family.

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  12. Happy Birthday to your mother - she lives in your heart and always will, the best legacy possible. Jim, your mother's beautiful, a true natural beauty.

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    1. Kittie, thanks so much. We are our parents and I thank them for this.

      Must be her Scottish heritage that helped along the way!

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  13. what a gorgeous photo, Jim! Your Mother is(was) beautiful. I miss my mother every single damn day. Lovely post.

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    1. My mother has been gone now for 5 years. Sometimes it seems longer, sometimes not. You are correct, I do miss her closeness.

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  14. Happy Birthday to your beautiful mother, Jim!

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    1. Well hello Ms.Chicago!! Lisa, good to see you and thanks so much.

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  15. Your mom is beautiful, Jim. I love to look at the early photos of my parents too. They faced the future with hope and optimism. Older pictures are fascinating also, because their lives are written in their magnificent faces. I miss my parents every day. I know you do too.

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    1. I am fortunate to still have my Dad Louise....imagine at my age!!
      I really love the looking at them too in old photos.....they actually had a life!! lol

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  16. Yes you are fortunate, Jim! And he looks great for his age!

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  17. What a lovely birthday tribute to your Mom! We hope you have a good day remembering ....

    Just to let you know we had our give-away draw this afternoon and guess whose name Murray pulled out? You!! Congratulations Jim! You have won a copy of Buddy!!

    We'll post it to you once we have your address. Just pm us on Murray's Mom's facebook page (Fiona Whooley) and the book will be on its way!

    Congrats again!

    - Fiona

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    1. Fiona, thanks so much! what a perfect day to win this!
      I emailed you my address.

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  18. So nice to have such a photo of your Mom in her youth. Our Moms were close to the same age. Mine was born in 1919, and when she was a young woman, she had the exact same hairstyle as your Mom!

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    1. Very close in age, Terry. It must have been the 'latest' doo! They weren't so out of touch as we thought, eh?!

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  19. I see a softness about her face, no doubt a caring, beautiful woman. And like Terry said, my mom's photos have the same hairstyle! May she dance where ever she is today and celebrate her once chosen life. Happy Birthday.

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    1. And dancing is what she'd be doing, Joanne! She loved to dance. Our Moms and their hairstyles!
      Thanks so much Jo!

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  20. Happy birthday to your mom who lives in your heart and in your memories forever. I love old photos like these of our parents when they were just getting started. I have a few of my parents, and I cherish them. Some I have sitting on shelves in our home. It's amazing how quickly time goes by. When my dad passed away a few years ago, my mother could not believe how fast the life they had together had gone by. They'd been married for 46 years when he died and she said that it felt like only yesterday that it had all begun.

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    1. Time is so fleeting when we think of our parent's lives together....a seemingly long time together for some.
      Thanks Martha, it's good to think back and remember.

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  21. Your mom was very pretty Jim. I'll bet your Dad really misses her. And speaking of your dad, did I read somewhere that he is not living in his home anymore? Is he doing okay? It's nice that you still have him around! I became an orphan at age 40 and I SO MISS having mom or dad to share my life with.

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    1. Hi Bobbi, yes my Dad is in a veterans hospital and doing very well. He is being very well looked after and his every need is being met. we are very happy he has settled in now for about 6 weeks.
      I can only imagine what it is like to have neither parent here.

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  22. You mom looks like a calm and peaceful person. I know she had a good life with your dad and all of you kids.

    Jim, thank you so much for the card you and Ron sent. I don't know if you read that I've been sick, still am, and my computer has not been well either, so I haven't been able to open the card. But the news is good because on our Cyber Monday here, I bought a new computer and a new printer, a photo printer. Got real good deals. The computer will arrive after 12/5. I will be so happy once it is up and running. As for me, I'm on antibiotics once again, which is not good, but has to be. I hope to get well soon.

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    1. Actually Inger it was/is a get well card. And you are more than welcome.
      Good to hear you have a new computer....my turn is coming very soon I feel!!

      Listen to your doctor and get well now, you hear!!

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  23. Thanks for thinking of me with a card. Was it Thanksgiving. You guys are so nice.

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  24. I often think of what people dreamed of when they were young. Did they have any clue as to all the lives they would touch in there given years. Such innocence in a photo like that. Such beauty.

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    1. How our lives,Stew, take us on different paths, some we had no idea about. Our lives truly do affect us in so many ways and in the choices we all make along the way.

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