Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Blessed Wednesday


Since my Dad is in a veterans home now, he decided last week
that it was time to sell his house. So last weekend all the 'local' six 
siblings gathered at his house to separate in piles all his belongings
that he has accumulated over the years. 
One pile for charity, one for whoever wanted them, and one for the 'landfill'.


Amongst all the photos was this one, which was found at
 the bottom of the cedar chest.

One sister thinks it's our maternal grandmother, while another 
thinks it's our aunt and I think it could be our mother.

The investigation has begun and I am waiting to hear from a cousin
who may know.

The good thing is that it has to be someone on my mother's side,
as my father's family wasn't this involved with religion.

It was somebody's 'First Communion' and we are about to find out.
I hope.



47 comments:

  1. Oh, I missed that your dad has moved to a veterans home. Is he doing ok there? Big step giving up everything... *sigh* But that´s life, isn´t it??

    The girl in that pic is cute. :) Here everybody who is "katolish" goes to his/her "erste heilige Kommunion". Religious or not ;)! It´s a big event. And the kids love it... I had a white dress too and? Yes: I played at a muddy puddle and droped in. *bwahahaha* My mum was all: "OH MY GOOD GOD!" *lol* There must be pics at my mothers from that... *hehehe*

    Have a good day.

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    1. LOL! I can see you now Alex in that muddy pool with your white uniform on! A must see photo!!
      My father is thriving at his new 'home'. He is a social animal and is enjoying the interactions that arise on a daily basis. It was a good move for him and the family.
      Thanks for dropping by sir!

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    2. *hehehe* It was a skirt, all white and shiny... *chrrrm* I´am a girl... Ok I was, now I´am a woman... *lolz* (Alex is short for Alexandra-Lea) *hehehe*

      It´s good to hear that your dad is doing well. Often people will "party" because there are sooo much events to interact. My dad loves it too. Ok he did. He´s sick at the moment. Hopefully he will be back before christmas.

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  2. Hello Jim,
    What a lovely thing to find, she looks so sweet. I hope it wasn't too hard packing up the house - I am sure it is a worry less for your dad. Have to say, that the eyes of the little girl are most similar to your mother's eyes in the photo you posted on her birthday. Hope you get to find out!
    Ivan

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    1. You know what Ivan? We siblings all agreed the other day that it would have been more difficult to 'pack up the house' if Dad had died. So, it wasn't that difficult, just back-breaking!! lol
      Good clue Special Investigator Ivan!! The eyes......we will hopefully find out soon.

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  3. What a precious photo. I hope someone can put a name to it. I have a ring that we found in my mums stuff. She never wore it and has no idea who gave it to her. For some reason I think maybe her godmother (it is an 1890 ish ring). No one knows.

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    1. This is why Chania it is so important for us to 'identify' things now for the generations ahead. This photo is VERY large about 24 inches by 11 inches and sadly in very bad shape.
      Interesting about your Mom's ring.

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    1. Well we think we have it nailed down to the MacIsaac/MacDonald side but now to pinpoint!!

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  5. Ooooo, a mystery! I hope you find out who it is!

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    1. I think we will Debra....or I will since I am the 'lead investigator' of this family!! lol I do plan to bring it to my Mom's last surviving sister, my aunt, and I hope she will be able to identify it and that I WAS RIGHT!!! lol

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  6. What a sweet photo! I hope you can find out the identity.

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    1. It is sweet Pat. And we had no idea it was in the cedar chest all these years. I am going to get a few more digital photos of it before it falls apart.

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  7. That's special, no matter who it is. Of course, there would be a familial look so it would be hard to tell without positive ID. Worthy of framing and hanging nonetheless. :-)

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    1. It could be hung Sharon and would have to be done professionally because it is disintegrating before our eyes.
      She could be one of two people I feel.....my Mom or her sister.

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  8. That's such a nice photo; a glimpse into the family history. Pictures like that are priceless, and I do hope that you find out who is in it. I hope it isn't too difficult packing up your dad's home. Although it's certainly necessary, it can also be emotionally trying.

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    1. It really wasn't that difficult Martha and I think because Dad is doing so well at his new place. It is a 'final stage'/step I guess but we see that it was his decision. The 'emotion' was getting him into the veteran's home. We will find out who this mystery little girl is.

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  9. It's a very special photo. I hope you will find out who it is, but even if you don't it is still a treasure.

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    1. I think we will Inger and I agree with you...it is a treasure to have.

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  10. looks like mom........

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    1. You know Marilyn, I think you are correct.......for so many 'family' reasons!
      I hear you guys are knee deep in snow!!! The east is quite balmy actually!! lol

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  11. What a beautiful photograph! Can't wait to find out who it is. =)

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    1. Hey Lisa! First Communion, as I think you may know, was and is a big deal in some 'faiths'. I remember mine as clearly as it was yesterday....all in white head to toe (I wore shorts though, so you know lol)and with a procession and the full deal! I loved it!!

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  12. Packing up, dividing, deciding, and the hardest,... of giving away, or dumping, all will have been a treasure in your Dad's life. He is very brave to make this decision,and I wonder if there will be another mystery. Greetings from Jean.p.s. Hope you and siblings do this in harmony and peace , with thoughts, loving words and some laughter together.

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    1. Actually Jean the day went very smoothly considering the potential of such an endeavour. Guess we are getting 'all grown up'!

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  13. I must say, you got my attention with your post title, Jim! I'm like... Yes! Jim has got religion! LOL!! Anyway.. I am glad I came here today because I was wondering what has become of your dad. I hope he is adjusting well. I don't know about you, but when I came to this point with my mom's apartment it was a very sad time for me. It's nice getting family together and reminiscing though... and I hope your mystery is soon solved. She's very pretty!

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    1. Hey Bobbi! Do you think there is hope for me!? Keep praying lol!
      Dad is adjusting so well that we are relieved and happy. Our main focus was getting him in a safe and comfortable situation......I do understand that this is an emotional time for us all and we are each dealing with it in our own ways.
      Keep those prayers coming my way...I can use them!!

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    2. Ahh.. I sure will Jim! Hey listen, if there's hope for me there's hope for you... ahaha! It is good to know your dad is adjusting well. This has to be a huge burden lifted for the family.

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  14. Good luck on your hunt, Jim! What an intriguing photo. I'm starting to go through old photos and trying to identify, who, when, where, why. I'm sure both of my grandmothers told me, but I can't remember. You think you'll never forget! I'm putting notes with each picture. I'm glad to hear that your father is doing well in his new home. It is so hard to go through everything! It was very practical and brave of your dad to do this. I'm glad things went well. I've seen families ripped apart over nothing. Crazy!

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    1. It went as well as to be expected....let's put it that way.
      Dad has had to make a few very difficult decisions over the years and this was another. He is a very strong man.

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  15. As we wonder why no one ever writes these things on the back or something, we realize that we have photos ourselves that we didn't write down who they were or where. And now that we have memory cards full of photos, I'm afraid things will be more lost than they are found.
    I have similar mysteries here right now. And no time to try to figure it all out.

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    1. Maybe that's why I don't take many 'people' photos as I do other ones? Not really but you make an interesting point about the shear numbers of photos now as compared to before digital.

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  16. Such a sweet photo -- my mom has all of our family photos at her house and I know we'll go through the same thing. I wish she would go through them and identify each person on the back and the year.

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    1. Maybe, Nancy, she could/would take on this project? It would be so valuable to know who is whom.

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  17. Here's another vote for the photo being your Mom. Let us know when you find out, please.

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    1. Terry, the more I look at it, the more I am sure it is my mother. She was the serious one in her family and she certainly looks serious here.
      But I will get verified...maybe this coming weekend.

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  18. What a lovely and historical photo.

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    1. Thanks Fiona!
      How's the 'snow plowing' going there in Sweden!!

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  19. If you had other pictures of each of them as children, you could compare facial features, but in those days, photographs came at a premium and were not as common place as they are nowadays where people chronicle their daily life on a constant basis. Good luck in your investigation.
    :)~
    HUGZ

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    1. Thanks TB! There are not that many photos available of her family when young.

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  20. I hope your father is comfortable in the Veteran's home. I am glad for the comment you added about how it wasn't too bad going through his house while he was in his new home. When my father died 2 years ago my sisters went to Italy to go through his house like that. We kept the house, so it's been a process, the things you find and deal with. At least there's no rush on anything, and he kept a very clean organized house. But exactly as you intimated, it would have been a lot easier had he been alive.

    This photo is precious. While I do hope you find any answers you're looking for, I can't help but think it would almost be even more special if this little girl remains a mystery. That way she can be all things; an aunt, a mother, a grandmother. Whomever the photo gazer would like to see, they may.

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    1. Hi Victor! Yes, my Dad is doing very well there and we are all pleased about that. We are finding this whole process to be easier now than later.

      You are such a romantic/dreamer!! This is a good alternative if we can't identify her. I love solving mysteries not creating them! lol

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  21. Can't wait to read what you learn about the photo. It's priceless! Congratulations on getting things sorted. Major credit goes to you and your siblings for taking on that task together.

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    1. Yes we did it together and it all worked out well. You must remember we are not 'teenagers' any longer. We have mostly sorted out our teenage angst!

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  22. It's wonderful to come upon an old family photo like this. She looks terrified to me. I'm always looking for the back story. Wanted to say thanks for telling me about "forest bathing." I think of it now and feel cleansed as I walk through the evergreens. Do you know the term "shakei?" I read about it in the novel, The Garden of Evening Mists (which you might like). It is the Japanese gardening technique of borrowed scenery - using something outside or beyond a garden as an integral part of the creation. I try to do that sometimes in my photography - and in my writing too. I often get a sense of shakei here on your blog. Hope you're having a good Dec.

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    1. Barb, you are very intuitive! If it is my Mm, she probably was terrified!

      I am glad you 'discovered' Shinrin-Yoku. It is quite an interesting phenomenon when you feel it 'taking over' as you stroll through a wooded area.
      Thanks for the lead of this book....I looked it up and it does look interesting and was nominated for a 'Booker' I see.

      Enjoying your break I hope.

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  23. Jim-- it's a bittersweet time when you have to arrange for the sale of your Father's home-- I'm sorry this has to happen-/-

    I've been there and like you we found some amazing treasures. On my last walk through my parents home-/ when there was not one thing in there and my footsteps echoed as I walked across the hardwood floor---- for some reason- I went to the hallway and opened one of the built into the wall drawers-- why I don't know- because of course it was empty. When I opened the drawer-- a little sliver of paper in the crack caught my eye. I pulled on the paper and out came my Father's official discharge from the Army papers--- you think my Dad was leading me to that drawer??

    Your photo is certainly special and I hope you are able to learn more about who it is--- it's vintage beautiful and a true treasure.

    Vicki

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