My dear cousin Mark’s mama is ill and I have been wanting to scan in some family photos for her to look through.
This is my favorite picture of Mark. He, I think, I would consider my first friend. As in, you are family because you have to be, but I *chose* to like him.
Mark was here at my first art show. I think I was in first grade and had a picture of two people on either side of an oversized flower placed in the show.
And I am ultra amused by photos of things eating some version of themselves. I once posted my favorite sign of a pig serving barbecue. There’s a hot dog eating a hot dog on the way to NY. And somewhere I saw a banana with a banana. Here we have a Brownie eating a brownie. teehee. PS. That’s me.
I just like this photo. It’s my great great grandmother, Alice Mary, who my gram was named after, and other family from Capetown.
My great grandfather’s family was Afrikaan.
This is the woman he married.
After WWI he experienced some nasty effects of shell shock. Once he was found wandering the streets of Philly as an amnesiac and was taken to this sanatorium. . .
I have lots of interesting and puzzling stories about him actually. Someday ,I think they will be a novel.
He’s not actually in this picture from the hospital. I don’t even know why it was given to the family after he was found.
This is the little brother of my great grandma (bertha). He didn’t live long after this photo was made. He died of whooping cough.
This is the same gram (bertha) with her kids before my grandmother was born. I think she was beautiful. But she was thin and didn’t eat much because she was a single mother in the early 20s. ouch.
The girl on the far right is my Aunt Virginia. She is the great aunt whose funeral I officiated a few weeks ago. And it’s the daughter of the little boy in the funny hat (lol) who I originally started scanning photos for!
And finally, here’s my grandmother on the steps where she used to wait for her daddy to return from the ship.
The fellow I mentioned who was in WWI and from Capetown? Well, he happened to be a doctor on a ship. That’s how he ended up in the states and met my great grandma.