Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mothers Day

Better late than never, I guess. I had planned to do a Mother's Day post and then this weekend kind of got lost in sleep. I've been fighting off a something or other achy fevery kind of thing, and slept a lot and didn't feel like doing much. But feeling better this afternoon and thought I'd at least post some pictures of my mother.

I don't really remember her much since she died when I was six and I was raised by my grandparents. The portraits were done by my grandfather, who also carved the frames for them. Someday I'll probably do a series on him. He had the discipline of a hundred Butlers and the passion of ten all three of us will probably write about him since all three of us have different perceptions of him. But for now, I'll just post his paintings.

And one very old photograph that he took below of my grandmother. There are some more pictures of her that he took when she was modeling for him...but this is the only one where she is clothed.

Yes, I grew up in a rather unorthodox family. I was a product of Harvard Square in the 60's. My grandparents were products of Paris in the roaring 20's.

So from whatever Heaven is like, Happy Mother's Day to the women who took me though childhood.


  1. Happy Mother's Day to your mom. Your parents gave it their best shot and you turned out pretty good, no?

  2. What a beautiful woman your mother was! Sounds like great material for a whole series of posts and I look forward to reading them. Hope you're feeling better!

  3. That is awesome about your ancestry. And what a beautiful portrait of your mother, who was beautiful besides. What a treasure that must be for you to have.

    Best to you and yours on Mom's Day.

  4. Hello BBM
    I can see you in your mother particularly around the eyes...
    You are fortunate to have such lovely portraits.
    Happy Days

  5. You mom is my kind of mom. Same for your grandmother. Great tribute.

    I agree with another poster. You turned out pretty good in the end.

  6. your mother and grandmother are beautiful.
    i had to laugh though, when you said that was the only pic of your grandmother clothed.

    p.s. i used to be the Gnu.

  7. Oh I'm jealous of your upbringing, how wonderful. Your mother is a beauty, and your grandmother is something else, beautiful in a forever kind of way. That is a gorgeous portrait.

  8. I am stunned by the beauty and by the art involved - You come from such creative and fascinating stock, Sirs - It's no wonder you turned out so well...