Wednesday, March 18, 2009

My Mother

Originally uploaded by jntrowley
This is one of the rare pictures that I have of my mother. She was born in 1919 in Montana in a log cabin. Her parents were homesteaders and had a ranch near Camas Prairie, Montana. I cannot imagine how hard their life was. I know the ranch was named "The Lazy B" and that is about all I know. They did move back to Indiana in the late 30's and my mother finished high school there.

I love the dress she is wearing in the picture. I know that her mother made all her clothes and she wished that she could buy clothes from a store. You know kids always want what they can't have. I think she was about 9 years old in the picture.

My mother died at age 48 of Multiple Sclerosis. I value every picture that I have of her. I love looking at this young, healthy child's face.


T said...

What a very lovely picture of your mother.

I always enjoy looking at old pictures, they always seem show character.
I am so sorry you lost her at such a young age.

Far Side of Fifty said...

What a beautiful photo! Her dress was so pretty with cape like sleeves and ruffles on the skirt..Thanks for sharing.. I love old photos and the stories that go with them! :)

Anonymous said...

I like her rather timid smile and how the light bounces off the shine on her hair.

A lovely photograph.

Anonymous said...

It's a beautiful picture.

You are right - the dress is lovely.

Thanks for sharing.

Jeanne said...

She had some shiny hair, didn't she? And your grandmother was apparently more than just your average seamstress. Your mom died in 1967? 68? and mine in 1974.

And I still miss her.

Anonymous said...

Your mom was born around the same time as mine. I'm so sorry that she died so young. She's really lovely in her picture.

Wendy said...

This is a lovely photo. I love old images like this, so beautiful.

I'm sorry your mom is no longer with you. I know it must make you sad.

Andrea said...

What a wonderful picture and story. I'm so sorry that you lost her at such a young age.

Vivek Patwardhan said...

I have a feeling [certainly true in my case] that people know less [read very cursory] details of their mother's family. I have recenty initiatied an exercise of getting to know more details and it is frustrating.

It is a nice photograph of your mother.