When I saw the word for this week’s photo challenge over on A Word in Your Ear, I immediately thought of one photo. I should say, I thought of one person. I know her as Ms. Eva. My mother was placed in a boarding home when she was a child, along with her older sister. The head of the boarding home, Ms. Eva, was often seen by my mother in her younger years as being unnecessarily strict . However, as my mother grew older and had children of her own, she respected Ms. Eva more and more and realized her mentor’s main mission in life was to teach children to be able to cope with whatever life might offer and to become happy, fulfilled adults.
Because my mom grew to love Ms. Eva like her own mother, they remained in close contact with each other throughout the years, up until Ms. Eva passed away last year at the age of 99. I feel fortunate to have had Ms. Eva in my mother’s life so that my mother could pass on her many valuable lessons that I can now pass on to my own son. The lessons of perseverance, hard work, commitment, responsibility, respect have now been passed down from this wise lady who always had a smile on her face. I am so thankful that Ms. Eva was an integral part of my mother’s life. I grew to love Ms. Eva, and my son grew to know and love our visits, as well.
These photos were the last ones taken before she passed away. Ms. Eva will always be remembered by the many who love her and her lessons will continue to be passed down from generation to generation. I enjoyed this week’s photo challenge because it allowed me to spend just a few moments celebrating Ms. Eva and her life.
Do you have a special someone in your life who has taught you many valuable lessons? Someone who has altered who you are today, whether directly or indirectly?
Beautiful and precious – both the photos and the feelings! Thanks for sharing.
@artlightnow, thank you so very much for your kind words. She was certainly a beautiful person.
what a wonderful story
@skinnywench, thank you so very much. She was definitely a wonderful influence in our lives.
Reblogged this on A Word in Your Ear and commented:
simply life stuff tells a story of love and respect for older people – in response to the A WORD A WEEK CHALLENGE – OLD
@skinnywench, thank you so very much for reblogging my photo challenge. This one, in particular, means a great deal to me. I enjoy participating in your photo challenges.
What a lovely tribute …. to a very beautiful and special lady. My mum has been my mentor … *smile She have given me my values … my independence and broaden my mind.
@viveka, thank you very much. My mom was very lucky to have been placed in her care many years ago. Now, my mom is my mentor and hero.
beautiful piece, Melanee!
@Talking Qalam, thank you so very much for your kind words and for following my blog. I look forward to reading more of your stories.
What a beautiful story! Thank you so much for sharing, the pictures are wonderful!
@Cheri, thank you so very much for your kind words. And thanks for taking the time to read my blog and comment.
Lovely and inspiring story and beautiful images
@fatfreddysproject, thank you so very much for your kind words. Thank you also for visiting my blog and taking the time to comment.
Melanie, this is such a touching story. Ms Eva has enriched your lives. You’ve had the fortune of humanity 🙂
@Allyson, thank you. She was a beautiful person who enriched many, many lives.
touching.. i’m sure she was an awesome lady and would remain so in the hearts of those lives she’s touched. nice and meaningful post!
@charlotte, thank you for your kind words. I love to think of how people come into our lives and have an effect on us and possibly future generations.
A wonderful post. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you for visiting my blog today. I appreciate the time you took to stop by. May your day be filled with joy and peace.
BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!
@fgassette, thank you for your kind words. And you are welcome for visiting your blog. Hope you are having an amazing weekend.
This is beautifully done! Thank you for visiting my blog!
@cariwiese, thank you very much for your kind comment. And you are very welcome.
A lovely post Melanee. Anytime I hear of someone living this long it makes me want to sit with them and talk about their life experiences. Ms. Eva was born in in the early 1900s, and imagine all the changes she saw and experienced. These personal histories are always much better than any lesson in a history book. ~James
Thank you so very much. I, too, like to think about what changes they have seen and how they feel about them. I also wonder what changes my son will see as he lives his life.
I missed this blog post…and just read it. I have tears loudly “thwapping” my keyboard. Oh.my.GAWD. Amazing.
Thanks. She was an amazing person who entered our lives and will have an influence for years to come.
Beautiful… Reminds me of my favorite Aunt who lived to be 92. I cherish the photos I have with her, especially the ones I have with her and my children. Thanks for sharing… Your photo soften my heart and brought back some nice memories for me.