Wednesday, January 13, 2010

My Favorite Photo

My bloggy friend Anna included me in a "meme" (here's a link to her "Favorite Photo" post with some really gorgeous shots) wherein you are asked to share your favorite photograph.  IS SHE KIDDING?!!!  ALL my photographs are my favorites!!  OK, now that I've gotten that out, I will have to admit that there's one I thought of immediately when I got "meemed". 

Mom had gone up to Birmingham to visit and to give us some time away from each other.  Sally would drive her halfway and then I'd pick her up.  This was usually in the afternoon, so unfortunately the sun was always beating down on the right side of the car while going south. 

If ever the word "wizened" defined someone, it defined Mom--she had shrunk so much in her later years that she could barely even see out the window of my Pontiac G6.  Needless to say, the sunvisors were useless for her (note: she's not wearing a hat--that's the sunvisor doing a great job of blocking the sun off the top of her head).

So she was getting more and more irritated with the sun blasting down on her, I was getting more and more irritated having to listen to her bitch, and the ride slowly degraded into her muttering angrily and me staring straight ahead, trying not to just drive off the road and end it all. 

I suddenly realized that she had stopped muttering and looked over at her and saw that she had stuffed a wad of Kleenex into her sunglasses to ward off the sun.  I looked at her and without saying a word grabbed my camera and took the shot, then I busted out laughing, she looked over at me, that was even  more hilarious seeing her head-on, she started laughing, and things got pretty wonderful for a few precious minutes.

January 26 will mark one year since she passed.  We love you, Bama.

Now I'm supposed to pass along this meme to five other bloggers:
Michael of Cul de Sac Shack


  1. Spectacular story and photo! Mom's are funny, huh? Be strong on the anniversary. I know how it feels.

  2. What a cute memory to carry with you. Even though you were both bitchy, you still managed to find the humor!

  3. Great memory of your mom...that picture is just plain FUNNY! At least she was resourceful!

  4. You done good! When I scrolled down and saw that photo, I busted out laughing! Yep, that's a fabulous photo. I think she was awfully ingenious! You're a good sport!


  5. Okay, I did it! It will post in the morning.

  6. What a fantastic photos! She *really* didn't want to see the light right then, did she?! :)

  7. That is hilarious. Your mom was a real character wasn't she?

  8. I intend to be just as cranky when I get old. I love the picture.

  9. Hi,
    It was THE Bill O'Reilly. More stories about him later...
    Thanks for stopping by.

  10. I'll be thinking of you on the 26th. I understand. I lost my mother a long, long time ago.

    Funny picture, and memories.

  11. gosh, you have to love those "mom-isms'. I would have taken a photo, too; your mom was sooo cute!
    I can't imagine life without my mama. I'm so sorry :(

  12. See my vintage picture blogs:

  13. you know.........I've always found that pic of Mom sad and depressing, since it shows how "odd" she'd become, but you made it a happy, funny memory instead, Sis.........thank you so much for that. I love you.

  14. Chrissy When I saw the photo of your mom I laughed so much I almost didn't make it to the potty. I remember seeing her in the seat when ya'll came to visit. SOOOO cute.
    I will remember that day with a prayer.
    Doesn't seem like a year does it.
    Love Ya,
    Nana Anna