Meadow

January 03, 2015  •  6 Comments

My niece Meadow and I braved the sprinkling rain and fog to have some photo fun together. At the last minute we decided to have her don her grandmother's wedding dress. The woods smelled of wet leaves. The mountain was lush, fragrant and a little bit haunting, blanketed in mist. I couldn't help thinking about all that this dress represented. It was June 1970 when my mother wore this gown and said "I do," setting in motion so many lives and so many stories. I look at her young face and know I am not far off from having daughters her age.  I look at the yellowing lace reminding me that she is part of something so much bigger. She is God's daughter and woven into our family tree with roots that are long and gnarled, like those that we are walking over. We are part of where we have come from, so much love, struggle, sorrow and promise. We are born of love and carried on the whispered prayers of our grandmothers, and great grandmothers. They were brave immigrants, women who knew wars and loss and music and laughter. Each carrying pieces of the previous generation of mothers, teachers, musicians, dreamers... lives full of so much hope, so much promise. Lord, that we would give our daughters roots and wings.  


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Jean McCloskey(non-registered)
These pictures are beautiful, just as Meadow is. You are born into a wonderful family. God bless you.
Nan Gast(non-registered)
Beautiful photos, LInda!
Jane B(non-registered)
I agree with Dottie...Meadow is beautiful and so is her Grandmother.
Dottie(non-registered)
Beth, she looks like you. I see your smile.
Amy(non-registered)
These words capture a lot of my feelings of seeing my daughter in my mother's dress that I couldn't quite articulate. Linda, thank you for writing and sharing your gifts. I'm grateful that Meadow had this time with you.
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