Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Week 3


they say I'm a lot like you...
mother and daughter
our distinctive laugh
kind, sparkling eyes
how we see the world as artists
and cry at Hallmark commercials.
we share a love of writing and photography
and treasure our hope for the future
we dream and remember in detail
and like a clean kitchen before bed
we love fiercely and try to push away our hurts
we miss each other, talk every day
and love each other with our whole elbows.

they say I'm a lot like you...
I say "thanks."


This picture is really special to me. My mum has played a huge role in my life, especially in terms of my creativity and who I am as an artist. I wanted to do a little tribute to her in my project to show how similar we are, and how proud I am of that fact. She is a poet, a painter, a photographer, a scrapbooker before there was an industry for it, and I love that she infused her life and in turn, my life  with that atmosphere. She always encouraged my writing growing up. I still remember the first poem I ever wrote…she wrote the first line for me and away I went. I love that I am so much like her. We really do laugh the same and there is always plenty of laughter when we’re together. Sometimes when I catch my reflection out of the corner of my eye I think its her at first. I wanted to create an image of our faces side by side…to really capture our similarities in looks and in personality. I think she’s a pretty great woman, and I’m honored to be her daughter and to count her as a best friend.

What type of relationship do you have with your mum?
Do you think you’re similar or very different?
How is your mum an inspiration to you?


Wondering about this post? I am sharing my 52weeks project from 2010 each week on my blog and analyzing the image and the poem with fresh eyes two years later. For an explanation of the project and to start at the beginning click HERE.


  1. Aaw this is so touching. You must be very lucky to have each other.

    I didn't have much of a relationship with my mum growing up. I lived with her but I didn't really have much to do with her. I didn't dislike her but I didn't particularly like her either. She was just there and I blamed her to my dad leaving.

    When I was 18, and left for uni, it suddenly transpired that she was right all along! After that, we had a much better relationship. Now I am amazed at how much she did for us and how hard it must have been for her. I love my mummy!


    1. Thank you so much for your comment and for sharing a bit about your relationship with your mum. A little time and maturity sure can change our perceptions, right? Glad you two are friends now.

  2. I lost my mom to cancer when I was 21, just 1 1/2 years after I got married. In those 1 1/2 years, I drew closer to her than I ever have been. It's been almost 14 years now, and I still miss her tremendously.

    1. Oh Heather, my heart hurts for you. I couldn't imagine. I'm glad that you had those very special 1 1/2 years, and the hope of forever together in Paradise. <#