Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Blast from the past


I want to show you my late mother's room divider. The kids will remember staying at the cottage, with no door on the TV room/guest room. Mom wanted a screen. I asked a now defunct Manotick antique store if they had one, and they found me this one. That was somewhere around 1995. It has beautiful hidden screws, covered by carved plugs. Mom replaced the fabric with this white lacey stuff.

Dad used to get up at 5:30 a.m. to put on the wood stove. Sabre, the dog, would peer under the divider to see if we were up!
Sabre, with mom and dad, 2002, BALA


Anyway, I have loaned the divider to a bereavement group run out of our local hospice agency, for whom I volunteer. I'm sure Mom would have thought that very cool! It would have been her 93rd birthday on the 4th of the 4th, last week.

We used it when I volunteered with Day Hospice. At that time, my friend, Susan, gifted tea cups to Day Hospice that belonged to her daughter.

We toodled into the city to have lunch with JB's aunt. She gave him an old photo album that belonged to his late mother. They talked about old times.

Today, April 12th, would have been my parents' anniversary. I have photos.
Dad, Nanny, Mom,
Wedding April 12th, 1945


Ray Jilks (1925 - 2007)
Joan Jilks (1925 – 2006)
Anne Butt (1883 – 1978)

April 12th, 1945


Mom and dad at their home,
Walker Ave., Toronto
Mom adored her grandbaby, Caitlin, Bala, 1980

Mom and dad at our wedding, 2002,
Bala

11 comments:

DUTA said...

Memories...
Your parents' picture at your wedding is priceless!
They say, people nowadays live longer. Well, look Nanny lived to be 95 of age! When I was a child (I'm now over 70) I remember someone in the family said to be over a 100 years of age.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Wasn't the camera one of the greatest inventions ever??? to have these instant memories is so precious. I love that room divider - have been looking for one here, but the few I've located have been well outside my $$$fence!!! YAM xx

Olga Hebert said...

Great photos and the memories attached, although personal, evoke memories of my own.

RedPat said...

Today was my parents' anniversary too.

Kay L. Davies said...

Beautiful memories for you, Jenn. I love the story of the room divider.
I did a doubletake when I saw your mother's wedding dress...SO similar to my mother's.
Hugs from here,
K

William Kendall said...

Family photos like that would certainly draw out memories.

Red said...

This is a very important day. We always seem to remember people on anniversaries such as birthdays.

Powell River Books said...

A beautiful screen. Our friend across the hall uses them to cut out the glare from the sun rather than heavy curtains. - Margy

Anvilcloud said...

You connected nice memories and photos. Yesterday, the 12th, was the anniversary of my mother's passing.

Jenn Jilks said...

Lots of interesting coincidental dates!

I prefer celebrating anniversaries, but celebrations, not the date they died. Both our moms died on Mother's Day w/e. Weird coincidence...

Lowcarb team member said...

Such special photographs ... always to treasure.

All the best Jan