Friday, June 12, 2009

family


esti chose the weekword FAMILY, which coincided neatly with the longings i've been having for my grandmother lately. this is a photo of her visiting portugal in 1960, when she was 40 years old. i adored her. she refused to cook or do housework, she wallpapered her front hallway with book covers, and wrote me letters in french and latin. she meditated every morning under a bust of shakespeare. one day on a lark she put a pool in her front yard, and another day she replaced the dining room table with a pool table. she had the temperament of an artist and was the ultimate eccentric.

she passed away not long before my first daughter was born. i miss her. SO much.

40 comments:

Jeannette said...

What a terrific grandmother you had!
Never a dull moment with her, I bet. And she looked stunning.
I can see why you miss her, everyone would want a grandmother like that.
Have a wonderful weekend, Jeannette

Veja cecilia said...

the love to a grandmother. it´s great. minei s only 79 years old but not feeling that well for the moment. I miss her they way she used to be, always filled with love and alwys with opend arms.

FruensWerk2 said...

WOW...She is HOT an good looking, what an outfit...I don´t have my grandparents either ...I loved them...

amuse me said...

She sounded like a wonderfully fun person to have known. I love reading about the people we have known. I did a couple posts recently -- one for my mother and one for my dad -- both of whom are gone now. But definitely not forgotten. Posts like this keep them alive. :) M

cindy : quaint said...

you're so lucky to have had such a nice relationship with your grandmother. her influence is evident in your work and you.

Bella Sinclair said...

There's something to be said about a woman who isn't afraid to buck the trend and do what she wants on a whim, who isn't afraid of what the neighbors think. She was a one-of-a-kind lady, and she influenced you in the best possible ways. Gorgeous photograph!

T.L. Holmes said...

Now I know where you get at least some of your awesome-ness (or should I say, Aimee-ness?) Happy Weekend!!

Krissy said...

aw. sounds like one fantastic lady! love this post- it makes me want to go hug my nana.
happy weekend.

Alexandra Hedberg said...

what a great grandmother! We have to chose the word "family" again to see what other relatives you have!

And she was beautiful too!

Anairam said...

What an amazing (and beautiful)lady! Was she Portuguese herself? Oh, I so love it when people are eccentric - when they do their own thing without caring if others think they are weird. I only really knew my one grandmother and she was a great storyteller and a very funny woman. I miss her too.

joanne said...

your grandmother is gorgeous!... i so love your sharing your memories of her...

i can so relate to loving and missing your grandmother so much... i do too... i've been going through a bunch of old family photos and have come across some pictures of her, and then, a cousin shared a home movie i never knew existed where i got to see her again... she died so long ago i wondered if my memories of her would be the same... and it was so incredibly amazing to discover she was exactly as i remember her...

i think i grow to appreciate her and relate to her even more as i grow older... proving a person doesn't have to be present with you to still be in your life and in your heart... the love just keeps growing...

Liz said...

Oh I had my own version of that wonderful irreverent "un-granny" kind of grandmother too... I miss her everyday, and kind of thought she would be here forever... but I have some wonderful, funny and sweet memories of her... here's to awesome grandmothers!

~Valentina~ said...

oohhh.. What great grandmother!!! And soo beautiful! I miss my grandmother very much too..

asphaltandair said...

what an amazing role model you have!
she sounds like she has left a beautiful legacy.
my only suggestion would be to bring her spirit to life in what you do - that is the best way to remember the ones we love and adore.

painted fish studio said...

she sounds amazing and wonderful, aimee...i miss her for you, too.

aimee said...

she was very american, but loved to travel. she even managed to take me out of third grade for a month to be her travel companion in hawaii.

i love looking at the details in this photo - if you click on it you can see the figures in the background more closely. people dressed so much more tastefully back then, i think.

soulbrush said...

what a beautiful woman,and what a fabulous character, and she knows you are thinking of her, and miss her. i hope to have this effect on my maggie too after i'm gone!

Ani said...

she looks and sounds wonderful. i think i could take a few lessons from her!

i visited my grandmother yesterday; we had some good laughs together.

peggyfussell said...

She is just stunning. She must have been so much fun and such an inspiration. I'm inspired just reading about her. Thank you!

Bonnie said...

what an amazing lady !! i can tell she was adored by many ...

Aris said...

What a beautiful description of an amazing woman. It left me thinking why is it so easy to be amazed by our grandmothers and so hard sometimes to see the amazing qualities of our own mothers. It must be that generation that's between us that time that lets us really see. I too had an an amazing grandmother and when I truly look at it have an equally amazing mother, just different.
As always Aimee you make me think, I love that about you.

Shell said...

Your gram sounds like a lovely and creative woman. A lot of her is in you.

City.Girl.Em said...

I'm sorry for your saddness. It is a rare thing when someone so inspiring and unusual comes into our lives and leave their mark.

I don't think I had anyone like that, or that artistic, at least, in my life. You are a fortunate soul. How will you carry on her legacy? Will you be artistic, eccentric or something else? Go for it. Make yourself as memorable as your grandmother was to you.

Thanks for sharing!

●• Tiny Red said...

oh my god aimee, she's so beautiful!!!
what a wonderful post too...

kendalee said...

This just filled me up Aimee. What a beautiful, special person to have had in your life. And I imagine she'd be so proud of the beautiful, creative, abundant way that you live and express your own life now!

I miss my nana too. She was also strong and independent and I still carry her with me every day. But weren't we lucky to have known them at all? :)

n a t s u m i said...

What a great grandmother! You're lucky to have her!

I sometimes miss my grandmother too. Wish I could see them again....

big hugs, natsumi

Christy said...

What a knockout! She sounds like such an inspiration. She would be very proud of you and your girls. The apple didn't fall far from the tree, I think.

trinsch said...

i have a feeling the two of you made a great duo :) she looks and sounds like an amazing woman, i can understand you miss her.

lovely post!

gracialouise said...

Beautiful photo, charming retelling and selection of details to reveal, and an inspiring woman, I am sure... wonderful!

jane said...

beautiful post. she´s sounds like she was the coolest grandmother! besos!

Nina Crittenden said...

She sounds like an amazing lady- I guess they run in your family!

Lynn Fisher said...

What a gorgeous photo of your grandmother! I love it...it's right out of the movies. Im glad you have such great memories of her.

daisy janie : scoutie girl said...

I'm glad you knew & could appreciate all these things about her while she was here!!

Nicky Linzey said...

She is so glamorous and elegant and how wonderful to have given such inspiration. I understand how you miss her.

suzanne cabrera said...

She sounds magnificent!!!!

SweetbriarStudio (Christie) said...

Wow, I wish I had known her, too. What a very special tribute to her. But I suspect she left a lot of her in you judging from your art. (I am new to your blog and coming to you after having just finished your article in Artful Blogging. I'm so glad I know about you.)

Ces said...

My kind of gal!

heather smith jones said...

gosh aimee, your grandmother is beautiful. amazingly beautiful. and something tells me, you inherited more than merely her good looks. :)

Arija said...

Through Blla's great loss, and via Ces's blog I am led to your grandmother.
She sound so like the person I love most in life, my totally and unpredictably beautiful eccentric daughter, generous to a fault, passionate artist, mother, author, horticulturalist and farmer.

Families are odd entities, some you love unto eternity, some you may not like, but love anyway.

Then there are those we learn to love in the blogging community... I do hope we can collectively help Bella even a little in the up-side-down world she inhabits right now..

Tita Mama said...

Ah, she's lovely. I admire her uniqueness!