Friday, February 10, 2012

A Valentine Picture


I like to think that this picture was taken in February (in actuality it was December 1939). These are my grandparents, freshly married and in love.

I wonder who captured this moment--so telling, so intimate.

My grandfather died when I was nine years old making my grandmother a widow for 29 years. Oh, how she missed him!

I wish I had thought to ask her about this photograph before she passed away. I wonder what she would say.

To me it is the epitome of Valentine's Day--a sacred beginning that culminates in generations who look back with gratitude and smile.


26 comments:

Cherie said...

Julie this is a beautiful picture! I love the old photo's :-D

I posted a picture of my grandparents in an embrace a few years ago at Valentine's day. Their picture also was taken in December. My grandpa died of cancer when I was 7 (he was only 48 years old) leaving my Grandma a widow for 35+ years. Similar stories. My grandma passed away 2 years ago and I like to think of them together now.

The pictures, like yours above, show that they too, were once young, they loved, they had romance - It is so happy!!!

Hope you have a GREAT Friday!

Suzanne said...

What a beautiful post. Yes, this is what it's all about! Thanks for sharing. - Suzanne

Sue said...

What a great family photo. :A real treasure!

=)

lesa said...

Really? What a great picture of your grandparents!

Ginger said...

Oh! Thank you for sharing this photo! It would be interesting to know the story behind it. I love "love" stories. It sounds like they had one. :)

2busy said...

This is so cute! And such a treasure. I love it!

Mom to Many said...

Very sweet. My grandmother was one of those long time widows too. I remember back in the 80s we bought her a walk man. I rummaged around in her closet for a cassette tape for her to listen to and found on of Grandpa playing the piano. She cried. Imagine those reunions on the other side.

Sunshine for your Soul said...

How beautiful :)

Joe Toronto said...

I loved Uncle Harold and Aunt Laura, and I LOVE this picture too because I never really saw this side of them. I knew Harold when I was little and I really miss Aunt Laura. She was an amazing lady. I'm so glas you have this photo of them. THanks for sharing and bringing back fond memories.

I wonder if you've listened to their voice recordings that I've posted on the web (with all of the other Davidsons). If you're interested, you can find it here: http://www.torontos.org/?p=3415 It's a fairly long recording, but Harold is at 10:52 and Laura is at 33:11.

Thanks again,

Love, Joe

Amelia said...

So so sweet!

Dixie Mom said...

That is a rare and beautiful photo to have. There is a story of a lot of love there.

Fine Art By Jennifer said...

Ask Jenni. If I remember right, she's embarrassed in the picture and leaning back because she didn't want him to kiss her in public. That sounds more like her, doesn't it?

AllisonK said...

Such a lovely picture!

Sister Babcock said...

Uncle Alvin has the hat which your grandpa got in Sweden on his mission, also the boots.

ruthie said...

I LOVE that! What a treasure you have with that picture.

Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust said...

Ah, this sure warms MY heart. What a treasured possession.

Warmly, Michelle

Wendys Hat said...

What a beautiful treasure!

Garden of Egan said...

That is such a beautiful picture.
I bet she felt like that about him forever.

Deila Taylor said...

I love that photo. And so great that it is family.

hennymats said...

Wow, that is amazing! What a great idea to post for Valentine's Day!

Valerie said...

Such a touching photo. Makes me almost believe true, lasting live might be real for some people. How hard that must have been for your grandmother to be a widow so young.

Melissa Lasley said...

Thanks for posting that picture. I hope you don't mind, but I copied it. I don't have many pictures of Grandma Carlson, and none of Grandpa Carlson.

Marvett Smith said...

It is a beautiful image! I can't believe your Grandmother was a widow for so many years. Bless her heart.

Lisa said...

Goodness Julie, that is a gorgeous intimate photo, and he obviously adored her. What a treasure old photos are, and especially one like this!

JennyLynn said...

This is such a romantic moment captured on film. Who ever took it was a amazing photographer. I use to wonder why my grandmother loved my grandfather so much and thing I heard about the love letters he would write her. They seemed like such an odd pair.

Dean and Sheri said...

Oh, I do love this! It's definitely worth a thousand words. Romance, tenderness, intimate, devotion, warmth, enduring, anticipation....