I love this photo because it showcases three generations: my grandmother, upon whose lap I am perched (Betty), my mom (Julie), and lil’ ole me. I guess I was about a year old when this was taken because my little brother Mark clearly wasn’t around yet. My mom looks radiant, although I imagine she and her mother were arguing just before this was taken because of the smile that’s not quite on Grandma’s face… or it could have been due to the manic depression she suffered from. I didn’t know Grandma Betty very well because she lived in Wisconsin and we lived in New Orleans. It looks like this was taken in a hotel room. Not sure of the details behind it, I just know I’ve always loved it. My mom looks breathtaking, my Grandma is beautiful, and I’m just hangin’ out with two lovely ladies!
My mother doesn’t like having her picture taken, and neither do I. But for my daughters’ sake, I’m working on that, just as I’ve been Embracing My Body. It just so happens that my mom is coming up to visit us in two weeks, and I’d like to get some three generation photos while she’s here. Mom, will you embrace yourself and do it?
Tomorrow is my Grandma Betty’s birthday, so I’m posting this in her honor. We lost her when I was in college, and I’m sad that due to the distance I never got to know her very well. I love and miss you, Grandma!