Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Avó

Image captured by the Girl Twin,while I was busy painting. 

We didn’t have the opportunity to get to know each other as well as I would have liked, but I still feel fortunate that our paths crossed for what little time they did.

I wish I spoke better Portuguese, or any Portuguese for that matter but the smile on your face and the sparkle in your eye translated better than words ever could.  And your sense of humour was never lost in translation.

As I watched you race a young boy, eighty years your junior to the elevator of the nursing home, I imagined the zest for life that must have carried you through your younger days.

And as I watched you slowly peel and cut a piece of fruit after every meal, from your own garden no less,  I knew at once both the secret to longevity and that you understood local when it was a fact of life.


And should I ever find myself in a European café, I will think of  you and remember to savour the company of those I am with and to just be

My Portuguese 'Grandmother' (1918-2013) and the Male Twin ~ 2008


11 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

she sounded like a delight. that photo your daughter took is magnificent!

Meri said...

Simple pleasures and inspiration.

Lynne said...

I really like you! Love the grandmother/son photo. The "little things" sing always!

Gorgeous photo your daughter snapped . . . while you were painting.

acreativeharbor.com said...

Special people in our lives ~ memories ~ loving post and great photos for Rurality ~ thanks, carol, xxx

Karen said...

Oh that's a fabulous shot your daughter took. What a lovely picture of your gran.

Country Gal said...

Wonderful post and photo ! The special things in life !

Rose said...

Beautiful photo and and even more wonderful post! I really enjoy reading it.

111 LaLa Lane said...

The girl twin has a good eye, the boy twin is very cute and those were lovely thoughts of your grandmother. Hugs and Prayers! ~Laurie

Kim Cunningham said...

Sweet post and I'm glad you have the memories that you have!

Lady Locust said...

I am Portuguese also. Avo is g-pa and Ava g-ma. My daughter is named after my Ava. She was also a strong woman of whom I have wonderful memories. From the sounds of it, your memories are just as fond.
Smiles,
JoeyLea

Genny said...

Your grandmother sounds like a wonderful woman with a real zest for life. I'm so sorry for your loss.