Posted in Monday Potpourri

MONDAY POTPOURRI: REVISITING THE PAST & THEN MOVING ON

Seven-year-olds
Seven-year-olds

 

When I was poking around among my photo files, I found these and made a collage.  On the left, there I am, Rain in all her messiness.  My mother always sent me off to school with perfectly groomed hair and I always managed to mess it up by picture time.

On the right, my two “twin” granddaughters, Fiona and Aubrey, both born in February 1997, were seven here.  And not at all worried about their hair or clothes.  How far we have come!

That snow weekend in Big Bear was so much fun.  I loved capturing the moments, and adored this cabin owned by my son Brett.

 

306

 

He later sold it, but we still have the photos and the memories.

 

Here’s a shot of my mother and me at about age four, I think.

 

lrs and mother

 

When I was very young, she still controlled my appearance to some extent.  Less messy, but not as stiff and formal as her photo.

 

Perhaps my trip down memory lane today has something to do with books recently read, both spotlighting an era all too familiar to me:  the forties and fifties.

Pain, Parties, Work, is about Sylvia Plath during one pivotal summer.

 

81hpQJFrJmL._SL1500_

 

And The Unwitting, by Ellen Feldman, also spotlights that time period.

 

91wYirk+gzL._SL1500_

 

Our story begins on November 22, 1963, when we meet Charlie and Nell Benjamin, poised for an ordinary day, living the writer’s life in Manhattan. But nothing about this day would be ordinary. Grief, both the country’s grief and her own, would overwhelm Nell for the foreseeable future.

***

I am happily moving on to lighter fare with today’s read, Katwalk, by Maria Murnane, the story of a young woman approaching thirty, read to cast aside the staid life of an accountant for adventures in Manhattan.

 

18706141

 

Do you like to revisit the past?  And afterwards, are you compelled to move forward?  How do you mix things up?

***

Advertisements

Author:

Retired social worker * Mother * Grandmother * Writer *Obsessive blogger * Book Reviewer * Loves movies & collecting things * *To find out more about my books and blogs, check my website, Laurel-Rain Snow's Creations...

4 thoughts on “MONDAY POTPOURRI: REVISITING THE PAST & THEN MOVING ON

Please leave your thoughts. Comments, not awards, feed my soul. Thanks!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s