Saturday, 28 December 2013

Christmas and memories

Christmas is always a time for memories isn't it?   Family happy times, episodes from one's childhood, red letter days - they all seem to come into one's mind when carving the turkey or dishing up the Christmas pudding - or reminiscing amongst family members round the wood burner.

This photograph stands with family photographs on the piano and it really sums up well the relationship I had with my siblings.   My sister, Vera, was twenty-two years older than me and my brother, Jack, was eleven years older than me.  So our parents spaced us out well.  This photograph was taken on the occasion of Vera's 75th birthday, when (as a total surprise) the whole family gathered for her birthday at the home of her daughter.  (she was totally overcome and made her daughter promise never to do such a thing again.)

My brother was to die suddenly in 1987 with a Coronary thrombosis, my sister lived on well into her nineties.   But this photo, taken in 1985, show us all having a good laugh about something.   And of such small incidents are memories made - and come to the fore at Christmas.

21 comments:

Carol In Cairns said...

What a lovely photo of you all, and such special memory to have. Thank you for sharing it.

John Gray said...

I adore your brother's open mouth smile.
A real and perfectly captured photo
J
X
Ps you ain't changed much

Dartford Warbler said...

That must have been a very happy and memorable day. Christmas can be a bitter-sweet time when memories of lost loved ones come flooding back.

Terry and Linda said...

The happiness just beams out to all of us!!

Linda
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Elizabeth Wix said...

A lovely photo of a most happy occasion.

Barbara said...

What a happy, happy photo! So nice to have that moment captured forever.
Here's to more happy memories!
Thanks for sharing.

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Photographs such as this ... true treasures. And goodness, you really were the baby of the family, weren't you? You don't seem to have changed a whit!

jinxxxygirl said...

Photographs are wonderful frozen moments in time. I treasure them. Hugs! deb

Crafty Green Poet said...

that's a lovely family photo

Tom Stephenson said...

Your brother - pipe, old school tie, AND Rotary Club lapel badge. There are very few of his sort left these days.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

How lovely to have such memories - and photos to pause over. Happy New Year - one full of new memories.

MorningAJ said...

What a lovely photo!

angryparsnip said...

What a lovely photo. You all look so happy just being together.

Wonderful.

cheers, parsnip
p.s. The Square Ones are happy that Tess enjoyed her mail.

Heather said...

No wonder this is a favourite photograph - you all look so happy together. You have hardly changed since it was taken. I have often wished I had siblings but of course, the relationships aren't always as happy as yours were.

Arija said...

Not just at Christmas but photos and happy memories like this help us through a lot of stumbles along the way. We look at them and smile when we dust them or put something near them. Is is a way of honouring not only their life but also ours.

thousandflower said...

Interesting. My 3 children are spaced just about the same as you and your siblings.

Cro Magnon said...

I try not to look at my collection of family photos at Christmas.... too emotional!

thelma said...

Beautiful photo, memories are like jewels bringing happiness for a moment.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Thanks for replying - yes memories are made of this (to quote the song.)

Linda Metcalf said...

Wonderful photo! The happy faces say it all.

Linda said...

Lovely post, photo and memories. Thank you so much for sharing. Happy New Year.