Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mama Mia

Cheesin' with me mum.

 
Have no fear faithful readers, you shant hear me warbling "SOS" endearingly off-key a la Pierce Brosnan.  Instead, I present you a gallery of shots in tribute to my mother.  She passed away a little over 2 years ago but there isn't a day goes by something doesn't remind me of her.  Now, before I get too misty, roll that beautiful bean footage.
Mum, Faye Lavina, was raised with 4 sisters.  Her family was so poor they actually had to give a fifth one up to be raised by other family members.  Her father was a coal miner in the mountains of Pennsylvania.
She and 2 of her sisters (including my Aunt Joey shown above) formed a singing group and performed quite a few amateur gigs around where they grew up.  She always loved singing.
A great picture of mum and I.  Baby Shower at the home of her in-laws.  If you must look at the date on the side just know, her pregnancy lasted 10 years.  Guiness Book.  Check it out. :)

And there I am all popped out.  Still have the same reaction when I see hairdos like this one.  Plus, I think I activating my solo Wonder Twins powers here.  Bee tee dub, that rocking chair is in my living room right now.

Our rocking 70's family portrait.  I think I was asking for a smoke here.

No, Mom never worked in a pizza parlor.  That was out kitchen in the 80's.  Too bad you can't see my Star Wars shirt.  And I know somebody out there wants those glasses mum is wearing. 

Mum at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina.  She was born a country girl and was usually happiest in such settings.

 
And, yes, I know I promised the next chapter in my childhood saga, but its Mother's Day.  This next part is kind of dark and this post will help remind you that, in my story, there are no villains.  Only people with unique challenges.  Then there is the fact that one can only be truly random if one sometimes does what make sense.  So another time for that.
 
Before I go, regarding my last post, my self shots.  Wow you guys!  Thanks SOSOSO much.  I got a couple really encouraging responses which was extra cool because I was so nervous about posting them.  To those sweet ones among you who commented on those, you did a wonderful thing for me.  Maybe at post 100 you will see me again.  Well, maybe 1000.  See how my self esteem is by then :)
 
 
Thanks so much for reading.  You folks are wonderful!




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May 12, 2013 at 11:10 PM

Aww, your mom looks like one lovely person. I'm sorry for your loss, but its good to remember someone in this way. <3

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May 13, 2013 at 1:08 AM

Good MORNING!
I havent read this yet but the above comment is a bit of a spoiler...my own fault for jumping ahead. I wanted to invite you to a blog hop (cue 50s music here). Your posts would be great there. You can choose any one you want to post. It goes live at 8 every Monday. http://www.modmombeyondindiedom.blogspot.com

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May 13, 2013 at 1:23 AM

I would have never noticed the date ...that said...yeah, I can still reference Richard Dawson and groucho with more background experience than you, if you get my drift (and Im sure you do cuz you seem to be that kinda guy). I love the chair! Your mom seems sweet. In some of those shots you can see the family resemblance. Your comments crack me up but I am ready for the next phase too. CUe the dark side,(Luke, I am your father.)All kidding aside I am really enjoying your posts..thanks for keeping in touch as well. WOnder twin powers activate! Form of...(to be continued) Oh yeah, I will send you an ascot if you get rid of the stinking CAPTCHA!

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May 13, 2013 at 8:44 AM

Great homage to your mum. Lovely post!!
xoxoxo

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May 13, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Awww what a lovely post!
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May 13, 2013 at 8:22 PM

Thank you, dear. Your mom post was very cool as well.

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May 13, 2013 at 8:24 PM

Oh I do so appreciate the invitation (appreciate but understand what it is...well less that) but was out and about this evening. I am quite interested to perhaps make the next one (interested and yet...totally clueless. Talk to me as if I were Skip.)

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May 13, 2013 at 8:28 PM

I loved that new wave band in the 80's, The Background Experience. And of course a shape fellow like me knows exactly what you mean by that; it means you dated both of them. You go girlfriend!

Dark side begins perhaps tomorrow night. And you will meet Luke's father someday soon as well.

I believe I removed the only barrier between me and enhancement ads being sprayed across my beloved blog. No idea how bad I want that ascot!

It's great to have you around for sure. Keep me smiling fo' realz.

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May 13, 2013 at 8:42 PM

Thanks. Really enjoy your blog as well.

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May 13, 2013 at 9:58 PM

so precious and beautiful! Xo, Megan, www.TfDiaries.com

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May 14, 2013 at 1:59 AM

grrrr, bark,ruff,No!, grrrrrrrrrrrr. Its just a place where you choose one or more of your favorite posts (that youve written) and can display it there...go to the site mr. out and about and take a look when you have time!

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May 14, 2013 at 2:02 AM

NO CAPTCHA!...everyone can use a little cheap viagra and hell you can always use the delete button...thankyou! THe dyslexic bullpoop was killing me!

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May 14, 2013 at 8:16 AM

So it means no new work? Sounds like something for me. Oh, but I have to GO to the site. That sounds like work. Actually, I have just the blog entry because I think it kinda got missed on here so next time, should I be about, I will participate.

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May 14, 2013 at 8:17 AM

You're such a sweetie! Enjoy your Dirt :)

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May 14, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Hi sweety!! Thanks for stopping by, I heartily appreciate it :)
Beautiful pictures !! Need to say that this is an amazing post!!
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May 14, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Such precious photos - I love seeing more personal posts!

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May 14, 2013 at 9:21 PM

You are such a lovely artist and so amazing. So glad to see you on my blog. Thanks!

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May 14, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Thanks so much. Enjoying your blog as well.

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May 14, 2013 at 9:29 PM

So sweet of you. And more personal posts to come for sure. Thanks!

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