Grandma’s House | Pieces of Life June

My childhood memory is filled with scenes from Grandma’s house and sadly I only have a few snapshots from inside.

It’s where my mother came home from the hospital fifty something years ago. It’s where I picked oranges with my PawPaw in the 80’s and swam with my cousins every summer in a lake that only seemed scary to us once we had children of our own. One outstanding and recurring memory for me starting as far back as my memory even goes, is the larger than life crystal chandelier that hangs in Grandma’s dining room. As a young child I figured my grandparents must be extremely wealthy or maybe even royalty to own such a thing. I studied it as I ate, the glorious piece dripping diamonds on my french toast. Over the years the chandelier got smaller and smaller until one day, it was just a normal size chandelier, no bigger than the ones in any grandmother’s home.

I realized a few months ago I had never photographed this place with intention. Sadly I don’t come here as often as I’d like although it’s just a 2 hour drive from my home. And when I do, I rarely have more than my iPhone on me (which is no excuse – the best camera is the one you have with you!). So starting now, I am going to document this unique and somehow magical piece of my personal history that is fast becoming part of my own children’s history as well. This week was Cora June’s first trip to Grandma’s house and Grandma’s first experience with the White Noise App (which she said she would have loved to have as a new mom in the 1950’s!). Five months post fall, Grandma’s broken hip has recovered really nicely but Isla felt she could use some help taking care of Clancy anyway.

Here are some glimpses of our day at Grandma’s…







This post is part of a CMPro collaborative project with the following photographers:

Felicia Chang | Alice Che | Megan Cieloha | Kristin Dokoza | Stacey Haslem | Karen Jacot | Caroline Jensen | Kristin Ingalls | Kirsty Larmour | Lauren Mitchell | Kara Orwig | Kristen Ryan | Jessica Thomason | Julia Tulley |Ginger Unzueta | Sarah Vaughn | Elle Walker | Sarah Wilkerson | Emma Wood

  • Sarah Klimczak Wilkerson - Ohhhhh, Jessica! What a wonderful and evocative story and set of memories here. This is beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Thomason - Thank you Sarah! <3ReplyCancel

  • Emily Greyard Mitchell - What I wouldn’t give to have a picture of my brother or me as a small child at my grandmother’s house before time passed… these are wonderful, Jessica.ReplyCancel