Mother's Day Giveaway - Plain & Simple

Mother's Day 2008 - Giveaway Event

The wonderful folks at 5 Minutes For Mom are having a great Mother's Day 2008 Giveaway Event to win $1,000. Below is my entry.
"A photograph never grows old. You and I change, people change all through the months and years, but a photograph always remains the same. How nice to look at a photograph of mother or father taken many years ago. You see them as you remember them. But as people live on, they change completely. That is why I think a photograph can be kind." ~ Albert Einstein

This photo is not as dramatic as most of the photos submitted to the contest. It is not professional grade, in dramatic black & white - it is plain and simple. Like life should be - how motherhood is. Plain and simple - mothers plainly love their children beyond an measurement and live their lives simply so that their children live their lives fully.

This is a photo of Diva, Nana (my mom) and Boy Child. Boy child was 1 day old here. Unfortunately, for Nana she looks a bit distant in this photo, so different from 4 years earlier when Diva was born. Nana has Alzheimer's. In this photo she was still functional with the ever loving guidance from her knight in shining armor, Papap (my dad). But two years ago we had to place her in a nursing home in order to keep her safe. She was 68 at that time - too young.

My son will never know Nana, except to say that "Her brain got sick and she lives in a hospital". My daughter has great memories, so she will have to re-tell them to her brother. My mother does not know me or anyone else anymore but she is always happy to see us when we visit.

I have so many memories of my mother, so many are hysterically funny (my mom was like Carol Burnett in a lot of ways) and some not so nice (I didn't quite treat her very nice through my teen years - I regret that now.) but mostly, I miss my mom very much. Life is too short and things change in the time it takes to breathe.

So when you look at this picture, do not feel sad or sorry but feel inspired. Inspired to make each and every day matter for you and your children. Simply love them and laugh with them and plainly enjoy them for who they are and who they will become.

Happy Mother's Day Everyone!


theragan3 said...

This picture is beautiful. i know the heartache of having a loved one have Alheimers. My grandmother only held my son once and only had a glimmer of understanding of who he was. I wish he could have know her - she was amazing!

Elizabeth...mommy...etc said...

wonderful choice in photo...i love it. *elizabeth

jenn said...

I think this is a beautiful picture.

Janice (5 Minutes for Mom) said...

My Nana also had Alzheimer's. It is one of life's cruelest tragedies. I am so sorry for your family's loss - but I am so glad you have so many wonderful memories!

Alana said...

Hi there. Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your comment on my photo. I love the story behind your photo. It make the photo that much more poignant.