Thursday, June 26, 2008

birthdays

yesterday was my birthday and I turned the mature age of 64, I find it hard to believe that I am now this age, what happened to the 30's, 40' and 50's seems that life has just whizzed by. I must not let that happen for the next 30 odd years I have left. I have so much to do, art, travel and live the best life that I can. I don't mind taking risk's, I would hate one day to find that life has passed me by and I haven't done all the things I want to do. How sad and tragic would that be. We get this gift of life and it is up to us to do what we want to do with it. In my blog on Anzac Day I wrote about my mother giving birth to my brother Raymond only to lose him in about 24 hours with my father on the other side of the world a soldier in the second world war. I was born when he came back from that war, I never asked my parents how they felt when I was born and so I can only surmise that I was eagerly awaited with some trepidation that the same thing could happen to me that happened to my brother. They must have been overjoyed that there was no problems and I always felt treasured. We live a lot of our lives thinking only of ourselves and do not appreciate what our parents had to go through, I really wish I had talked more to my parents (both gone now) about the past. As I lay in bed the night before my birthday and thought how nice it would be to given a dream to see the birth and my parents reactions. Following are a few favourite photo's of baby me with my parents, I am lucky to at least have these as I think photo's tell a story. Hope you can see the love that I see. Thank you Mum and Dad for giving me this wonderful life, making me always feel safe and cherished.

aren't old photo's wonderful, all worn and sometimes bent. the gentle patina of age and the wonderful backgrounds of another time that helps us to remember.

5 comments:

grrl+dog said...

happy birthday Jacky, what a warm and loved set of parents you had. And the photos do indeed look cherished. Isnt it funny how we all had to be shot by the car. It was our famly pride in those days. I hope your day was filled with love and treats... love, Dneese

Corrine said...

Happy birthday Jacky.
I hope your day was yours to do whatever you liked best.
Corrine

Judy said...

Happy belated birthday Jacky.
You are such a gentle soul, no doubt, inpart due to your lovely parents. The photos do indeed tell a lovely story- they like you are wondeful.
xo

Sam Marshall said...

Happy Birthday, Jacky! Love your gorgeous photos. Thanks for the lovely comment you left on my blog.
xxxxxx

Ro Bruhn said...

Happy belated birthday too Jacky. What lovely photos, I could see them in one of your beautiful hand made books.