My aunt posted this beautiful picture on Facebook today:
This is my mom and her younger siblings. I have 3 comments about it:
-I have always loved this picture. I love seeing my aunt and uncle when they were children. These two have always shared a lovely spot in my heart. But, the thing that strikes me is how very pretty my mom looks. She never believed that she was pretty. As a child, when I complimented her, she always rejected it. I never understood why. I still don't.
-I posted this picture on my own Facebook page. When someone commented on the picture, I had to stop myself from responding that 2 out of these 3 kids are no longer with us. I stopped because 2 are actually still alive. It was shocking to recognize how strongly that I feel that my mother is gone.
-When my aunt posted the picture, I showed it to my mom. Her face brightened up. She had a genuine smile for the first time in ages. She said, "That's my family!" I said, "Yes, it is. Do you know who they are?" She responded, "I'm not sure. The two small ones are siblings. And, I do know that the young lady was a duchess of some sort."