Monday

Time with Mom

**Remembering a beautiful Summer Saturday spent with my mother before her illness. 

This is a shot of the Greenbrier River in Talcott, West Virginia. It was foggy, and my goal was to get a shot of the fog rising off of the river
While we were here, we stopped and listened to the birds. It is amazing the sounds you hear if you just stop......and listen.


Our next stop was in Lowell, West Virginia...a little community that borders Talcott. I saw this sign and asked Mom if this footbridge was still in use. She said she thought it was and proceeded to tell me that as a little girl, over 70+ years ago she used to cross this bridge. This is a bridge over the Greenbrier River.  She would have to walk across this when she visited her Aunt and Uncle 
I have to admit, I was a little scared crossing over this.
It had some partial slats missing...and I never should have looked DOWN
through one of those slats. Yikes...I was a little scared after that.
But Mom wasn't! She would have gone all of the way across.
One of the lessons I learned this weekend.
I need to STOP and LISTEN!
I'm sure my Mom has told me the story of her crossing this bridge before.
But I probably just didn't listen. This weekend I did.
And this memory I shared with my Mom I will never forget.

31 comments:

happyone said...

Great photos!!
How nice that you got to spend time with your mom and she had some stories to share with you.
It sounds like you and your mom are close.
You are lucky!

CG said...

I had tears in my eyes reading of your happy day. I'm glad you had wonderful times with your mom!!

Paul Nichols said...

Kerri, first, I want to thank you for your encouraging words way back on my first Project Black photo. A fence. From the time I read your comment, I had in mind to finish the same way I started. So today, the last of Project Black, I posted another fence--just for you. So I guess we can say that my project is all fenced in, eh?

And second, I think you are a fabulous photographer. I'm just learning, so I appreciate good stuff. And you've got it. I've gotten some good ideas from you already. It's apparent that you know what to do with the business end of a camera.

Keep on keeping on, cuz I'm gonna put you on a blogroll.

Paul Nichols

RuneE said...

I enjoyed that old bridge. I hope they will keep it in order. It is living, local history.

Marvin said...

Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos taken during your time with your Mom. The bridge looks interesting, but your shot of the misty fog on the river is awesome.

ruth said...

Fun imagining you and your mom on this expedition.

Anil P said...

Stop and Listen. Well, it sounds perfect. I can imagine the birds that sound in the silence of a pause.

Lovely pictures.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

How wonderful to spend such quality time with your mom! And that could share a spot she remembers from her childhood. I'm sure it meant as much to her as it does to you.

Abraham Lincoln said...

My mother came from Summers County, West Virginia. She is now deceased but always loved to go home. My wife, Patty and I, went down last summer for a few days. We were at Hinton which was like her home town. Her dad, my grandpa, never came out of the mountains but once or twice and did all of his buying and trading at a place called Hix Post Office. A totally different lifestyle but one I always enjoy going back to.

I really enjoyed your post and your photographs. We used to have to drive through a creek for quite a ways to get to grandpa's house. Your footbridge reminded me of that.

Abraham Lincoln
—Brookville Daily Photo

Hilary said...

Beautiful shots, as always, Kerri. Bridges are fascinating, and symbolic of connecting with others. The story you told today is proof of that. :)

June said...

How sweet to have had this day. I still wish I had been better at learning my mother's stories. Now that I can't anymore, the ones I do know are all the more precious.

photowannabe said...

Its a good lesson for all of us and especially myself. Listening is a practiced skill.
Now you have a cherished memory because you really listened.
Great pictures by the way. Very tranquil and inviting.

GranmaL said...

Great photos and how wonderful to have those memories with your mom.

Salty said...

That sure is some pretty country in southern W Va. Its been quite a few years since I've been there, thanks for bringing back the memories.

This is a great old bridge, hopefully it will be maintained for years to come, great history and particularly great you could share it with your mom as tour guide.

NCmountainwoman said...

Sweet post and lovely photographs. What a good day with your mom. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Becky and Gary said...

Thanks for sharing your time with your Mom. Those times are very special. Savor them!
I love that bridge. It looks like it could have been part of a railroad bridge one time.

Paulie said...

Wonderful photos and great memory makers with your time with your Mom. Treasure her because its all too soon when you two will part.

Carletta said...

Yeah Kerri! You have to know these touch my heart. :) You were in John Henry country.
The Greenbrier is a gorgeous river and the reflection you captured here is fantastic.
I've been rediscovering West Virginia since we moved back and had picked up brochures on Talcott. I hope to get there soon.

Luke said...

Beautiful scenes! they look really peaceful!

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

Wonderful photos... I am happy you had a pleasant time... that is important.

Larry D said...

Kerri, great post I enjoyed reading about your time with your mother. My mom turned 80 in June and we celebrated with her in NY. I especially liked the photo of the fog, nice work.

SandyCarlson said...

That's great you had time with your mom. You took some wonderful photos.

Mary said...

How wonderful to get to spend a terrific day with your mom. It sounds like you both had a great day! Thanks for sharing it with us. You got to see this through your mom's eyes and now it is fixed in your memory forever. It's a cool birdge....and does look a bit scary!

Laurie said...

What a wonderful thoughtful and sweet post. It sounds like the visit was just perfect. The photos are a perfect compliment to the post. It sounds like you had a wonderful time with your mom.

Dick said...

Wonderful views, great story.

Old Wom Tigley said...

Great post and pictures. it took me many years before I realised that 'Mum's know best' ;O)

Mary said...

You said you probably just didn't listen. I'm guilty of that, too. Enjoy every minute with your Mom. I'd love to have my Mom back - if only for a few minutes.

Your photos are absolutely stunning. That first one, especially.

Great job, Kerri.

Ms. Math said...

I'm so very happy that you were able to spend some quality time with your mom over the weekend! The photos are wonderful and I would say you succeeded at your goal of getting a shot of the fog on the river. Gorgeous!

Ash said...

I so love the third shot. So beautiful and inviting!

Stanley said...

I'm sure you had lots of fun! Really nice pictures by the way. Must've been one peaceful weekend =)

Rick said...

I need West Virginia to be on my next roadtrip....Wow!!!

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