“To be nobody but yourself—in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else—means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting.” ~ e.e. cummings

 

family

 

This is Janet’s first Christmas at the rest home in Campton. She’s at the same facility where both of my grandmothers stayed. The staff is exceptional, and the facility overall is really nice. For Thanksgiving, they invited families and provided an excellent full course traditional meal. For Christmas, they provided a large array of hot snacks, caroling, and Santa. The facility bought each resident something special, which I thought very kind. When it was over we wrangled one of the nursing assistants to help with a family photo (mom was telling me what she wanted printed before we snapped the first shot <sigh>). Our Janie-on-the-spot photographer did a darn good job I think. 

 

sisters

 

Now, mom is all about the posed, everybody smile, nice background, formal pictures. I, on the other hand, prefer the more natural smiles, the less posed, the spirit of the moment shining through some way. If you follow me at all, you know that’s my thing. Case in point: this picture of Mom and Janet may be one of the best pictures of the two of them since they were just girls, in my opinion. And then I’ve got my hipster dad who just lights up a room anymore. Although nobody wants to see a loved one in such a situation, the fact that we were able to spend one more Christmas together is truly all that matters. We’re all grateful for it.

 

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  1. Kopana these are wonderful pictures.Treasures. Your mom isBEAUTIFUL…….. so glad you all had a great time together everyone looks great. Love to all. Merry Christmas Belinda

  2. Merry Christmas to each of you! Yes I do believe that’s the best picture of Shirley & Janet! Also excellent of all of you together. Shorty has a way of making everyone smile! God Bless each of you this Christmas Season!!

  3. Great pictures!! You know I love each one of you, of course you know I’m family. I am so glad you had this Christmas together. Janet really looks happy and all of you look so festive. My wish is that Santa will be good to you. Merry Christmas and may God Bless each of you.

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