Friday, March 25, 2011

Not All Is What It Seems

Some photographs portray exactly what they seem.  Kids enjoying a day at the beach, playing on the sand, frolicking in the waves.

Others are more complicated.  To a passer-by, this photo might simply 
be a grandma watching her grandkids play.
But they will miss the reality of said grandmother's 
brave struggle with the big "C".  

To an onlooker, this might just be a grandma taking
pictures of her grandbabies.
When in actuality, it's a grandmother documenting every 
moment in case her memory fails her.

To a stranger, this might look like it's a mom
taking pictures of the scenery. 
When the truth is it's a mom glad to be hiding
behind the lens to cover up her rolling tears.

To an unknown, this shows a mom helping out her mom.
When actually, it's a daughter brutally realizing that life,
indeed, does come full circle.

Then there's pictures that express a poignant sentiment.
The sadness of a daughter who's realized there's 
no such thing as immortality.
The sadness of a daughter's  inability to forgive quickly.  
The sadness of a daughter's every day's 
prayer to be able to do so.

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Christy @ MCH PHOTOGRAPHY said...

So touching, thinking of you. What a hard thing to go thru.

LauraS said...

It is so great that you are taking pictures and enjoying time with your mom. What a difficult time it must be fore you and your family. You are in my prayers.

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Such a beautiful post Yanet. I'm so sorry you are having to go through this. So wonderful you got to spend some time with your mom and your boys together.

Kymberly Foster Seabolt said...

Okay, tears welling now but such a beautiful, poignant post and well worth it.

The scrapbook/memory keeper in me has to nag that if you are not doing so already PLEASE make sure you print out this post.

Blogs are great but on their own they are not forever. This deserves forever.


Mommie T said...

Your post made me cry I've gone through it with my father he is in remission now . I still try to pray everyday for his health I will include you and your family in my prayers.

Renee said...

Aww, Yanet, you made me cry. This is beautiful and sweet. And a wonderful message for all. Enjoy every moment

Cassie Bustamante said...

like the other gals, i cried reading this. i am so happy that you are getting to spend quality time with your mom. my own grandmother, my mom's mom, passed away last week. i hadn't spoken to her in almost 15 years, and neither had my mom. so many things happened when my mom's sister passed away, and though i have in my heart and prayers forgiven my grandparents for the horrible things they did to my mom and her sister, i have no regrets about not being able to say goodbye. i said my goodbye years ago. ok, this is not the direction i intednded to go with this comment, but i just wanted you to know i really admire you. clearly, there is a whole lot of hurt going on, and you are strong enough to forgive and create new happy memories in the days to come. i am so proud of you and so happy for you, yanet. crying as i type this...

Holly said...

Very touching. Hugs to you.

Myya said...

Tears running down my face. This must be so incredibly hard. What a beautiful post, but also so sad. The strength you have to be there for your mom is awesome!

Teachinfourth said...

This post is one that hit me on another level because I can relate. How I wish that my story would have had a happy ending. I've got my fingers crossed for you, girl!

michelle said...

Oh sweetie, I am so sorry. Enjoy your time now and focus on what is there. I am so glad that you are spending time with her now and I pray that you both are given the strength that you need and that things work out for you and your mom.
Hugs to you!

A Vintage Vine said...

Yanet, I saw your post on Factory 20, read the first part and thought I need see what Yanet said before...So, I read this previous post and I am speechless.....This was an amazing tribute...and a reminder of the realities of life and what really MATTERS! Hugs to you and your Mom!

Cheryl in Wisconsin said...

Oh, honey.....

Sheena said...

Oh sweetie! That last pic of you makes me want to cry for you and give you a huge hug! You are so amazing to be going through all this and keep such an upbeat positive attitude. I wish you and your mother the absolute best outcome.

I really have every intention of making a sign just like yours, would you mind if I did that?

Betsy said...

What a beautiful post! I've been there. Say it all now. Forgive now (just accepting that what happened happened, and will never be any different--now matter how hard or long you hold onto it. Does not mean you approve of what happened.). You will not regret writing that letter or saying those words of love and forgiveness. I promise. You will regret not saying it when it is too late. <3

The British Homemaker said...

there is so much i'd like to say but i wont b/c you dont know me.

my heart truly goes out to you....and your boys.

i realise that since this post your mom has moved on into the next are all in my prayers...

@Dayngr said...

This is so beautiful. I'm so glad you had the chance to snap these photos. As times goes by you'll be able to look back on them and smile more than you'll cry. It takes time but it will happen. Big hugs.