The Old Man and the Sea: the heart never forgets
"Once there had been a tinted photograph of his wife on the wall but he had taken it down because it made him too lonely to see it and it was on the shelf in the corner under his clean shirt." The Old Man and the Sea, p. 16
My grandmother worked for Olan Mills hand-tinting the photographs for them in the 50s/60s. We have photos of people in our family that she tinted, also. Super special to be reminded of her in the pages of The Old Man and the Sea.
That is me with my son Jude's things (my son that died when he was 2 from cancer). I have just a couple of photos out, but the rest of his stuff is in a special place reserved just for him in my closet and sometimes I go spend time looking through it.
But it's hard. And just sharing about it here makes my heart feel heavy, even though it was 20 years ago.
The heart never forgets.
What one of our members said...
"I feel like he put the photograph in a special place, a place where he could look at it sometimes when he needed to, a place out of the way and under his 'clean' shirt, which also says to me 'special.' I also feel another reason he took it off the wall was to keep her image and memory close to himself, precious and private, as she is in his heart, rather than exposed to anyone who might see her."