Tuesday, March 31, 2009

TMTA - "Men with Beards or Moustaches"


TMTA's theme this week is an interesting one. The team over there pointed out that, at times, it is difficult to incorporate males into ATCs. They proposed the theme of using men with beards and/or moustaches in our ATCs this week. I used a photocopy of an old cabinet card photo of my great grandfather, when he was a young man. I wonder what he would think if he saw this . . . would he feel amused--confused--abused? He was a wonderful grandpa--I clearly remember him, although he died when I was still in elementary school. (Gosh, that was a long time ago! How time passes . . . ) He was in his late 80s, had a full head of hair, and the hair on top of his head was still black! He was a very, very sweet man, and he used to go and get his wallet and give me and my sisters each a dollar every time we visited him and my great-grandma. The last time I saw him alive was bittersweet. It was a few years after my great-grandmother had passed away; he was very ill and in bed, but when my parents took us to visit him, he asked my uncle to go and get his wallet so he could give each of us girls a dollar. I will never forget that--it still brings tears to my eyes.

11 comments:

Nancy said...

What sweet memories you have of your great Grandfather. I love your ATC and your story!

Sandy said...

Wow this is a great honor for your grandfather. Wonderful story and stunning ATC.

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

such a sweet and lovely ATC Jann, extra special after hearing about our special ggf, thank you for sharing that tender story

Louise (KardKrazy) said...

Jann, he looks like he was a very nice man -- what a great tribute and ATC!

Femmy said...

great atc!!

Lydia said...

Great picture! Even better story:) xo Lydia I think he'd want to give you a dollar:), with a twinkle in his eye. It's made w/love!

Sarah said...

I love your use of a family picture and the wonderful addition of the memories that go along with it!

Candy said...

Howdy from Texas. Was surfing for vintage gardening and here I am. Reminds me of home (I have the same background) Love the story of great-grandpa. My Papa always gave us girls silver dollars.
Cheers, Candy

Renee said...

Jann, I didn't know you sent me a package, I haven't received anything but the moment I do, I will let you know.

That is so nice of you.

I love this card and what a handsome grandfather you had.

xoxo

Love Renee

Clau said...

What a wonderful ATC! Thank you for sharing the story about your grandfather.

Carol Anne's Boutique said...

Jann, I love your heartfelt story about your great grandfather. Though I never knew mine, it reminded me so much of my grandfather. He would reach in his pocket and give me quarters! We were very close and I miss him dearly. He passed away when I was 13.
What a loving & beautiful tribute to someone very special in your life.
Love,
Carol Anne