The ones who came before…

Every once in a while, my grandparents will uncover things, photographs or letters or small objects, that they didn’t remember having.  A few months ago, they uncovered some old photographs.  By old, I mean that they are of my great-grandmother as a young woman, back when she taught in Bulgaria, before she was forced to flee her homeland for the United States.  I cannot stop looking at these photos.  My great-grandma died when I was 13, so I have no way of finding out who all of these people are or what became of any of them, if she even knew that.  I’ve blown them up and have them framed in my room, and the curiosity will not go away.

My great-grandmother is in the front row, second from the left, with the dark kerchief tied over her hair.

In this one, my great-grandmother is the third from the right, wearing a long, dark gown with her hand up to her chin.  Pretty impressive for early photography, considering how long they all would have had to hold these positions.

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6 thoughts on “The ones who came before…

  1. Honoring your ancestors is so important…good for you.

  2. Lori says:

    Of course, I would love these photos! I so want to know what they are doing in the field! Maybe it was the advent of the field trip!

  3. lesliepaints says:

    Oh Bree, this is touching. They are wonderful photos. I can understand your longing to know. I have often felt the same when I gaze at photos of my ancestors and I do know many of the people in them because my parents told me about them. The longing to know more has always been there, anyway. I like to think of that longing as my soul already knowing those I can but see in an image. The soul knows and that is what we feel in our longing. That brings me some peace.

  4. These are terrific and it’s good to know that someone as young as you still has the interest in their history. I have been watching a television show about celebrities going back and locating their past and history, very very interesting. Thanks for the cool pics!
    And thanks for stopping by my blog earlier.

  5. Artswebshow says:

    Wow, very good photos for the time.
    It’s good to know where we came from and it’s great how little clues like these give us this brief insight

  6. JAM says:

    Photos of Baba – thank you so much for posting them & how fabulous that you have copies hanging in your room.

    I pray your first few days of Lent were spiritually rewarding and may you have a wonderful journey leading to the resurrection of Christ!

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