Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Inspiration comes in many forms...
one never knows when or how you fall into it's grace.
Yesterday it arrived in the form of this childhood picture.

I saw it for the first time on facebook,
my sister-in-law Francesca's father had put it on with a small statement...
"Any of the 'Family' know with certainty who this little one is?"
I looked at it closely & knew I had just recently stared into those eyes.

Sunday evening we had gone to huge family birthday party for two adorable twin boys, with all of Francesca's Baltimore relatives. This side of her family came from a tiny village in Sicily called 'Milici'. I sat & talked with the Grandmother, the matriarch of this family for quite a long time listening to her stories in broken english half mixed with Italian. She talked of life in the village & how she had cared for the children of family & friends, as their parents came to America leaving their baby's behind until they could send for them.
John was sitting next to her & he was one of those baby's.

John & his wife have suffered unimaginable tragedy in their life recently.
I knew who that baby was, as I had just been looking into those sad eyes. 
Inspiration comes in many forms.
Last night I was inspired by a beautiful old photo & a
bittersweet story that can be told through the
'Eyes of a Child'.



Judy said...

just many stories to be told and felt. I love what you did with the picture.

Linda in New Mexico said...

Lovely digital collage. Bittersweet story and very touching.

Eva said...

Lovely!!! ♥

Petite Michelle Louise said...

so beautiful....sigh...merci!

The Boston Lady said...

I have not visited you in awhile, but I'm glad I stopped by today. So beautiful and poignant. Ann

Lynn Richards said...

Beautiful, my are so very talented.

Cindy Craine said...

Love the photo before ad after your digital artwork! Hey where did you find the scrolly frame?? Glad you're having fun. Oh hey Charlene's birthday is June 1st! Call when you get home!

Sue said...

What a gorgeous embellishment of that old photo! Amazing how you knew those eyes.....
:-) sue

Charlene said...

What a beautiful creation & story Susie!!! That digital piece moves my very soul! Thank you for sharing both the art & the story. HUGS!
Charlene Pearl

A Cottage Muse said...

Beautiful story!

Karen said...

So amazing! I can't wait to see more.
Have a great weekend.
Ladybug Creek

Andrea said...

Love the story and the new header!!!