Self Portrait Tuesday: Personal History theme.
This photo is of my mom and I, just a week old. I've always been fascinated by this picture. She looks young (she was 21). She looks tired. She looks a little scared. I know I was all of those things when my first babe was one week old too. No matter what the life circumstances are (and mine were quite different from my mothers), I think some of the emotions from those early days of mothering are universal--the fear, the anxiety, the worry. Not to mention lack of sleep and hormones. For me, this photo really captures some of those feelings.
This was my interpretation of the photo, I painted and gave to her many years ago. I wasn't a mother at the time, and so I think the photo meant something different to me then. Now I wonder how she really feels about looking at this image everyday.