As children, ourselves, many of us will watch our parents age over the years. Yet, because we’ve only ever known them as adults, facial changes, although often quite significant, don’t seem to register until we look back at snapshots taken through time.
Photographs of our parents, taken when they were children are fascinating. They allow us to make important connections and ‘rubber stamp’ our lineage.
When I look closely at this picture of my mum, when she was aged two or three, it’s obvious that our first granddaughter, Speckly Woo!, shares a certain resemblance, particularly the ‘windswept and interesting’ hairstyle.
But this image of my mum, as a young woman, must have made quite an impression on me when I was small because, in my mind’s eye, this is how I always see her. Even today, when I’m in her company, if I close my eyes, this is what appears.
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