Sunday, May 11, 2008

Mother's Day

Mother and Child, J. Gari Melchers, 1860
vintage postcard, Willow's collection
The courage that my mother had
Went with her, and is with her still:
Rock from New England quarried;
Now granite in a granite hill.

The golden brooch my mother wore
She left behind for me to wear;
I have no thing I treasure more:
Yet, it is something I could spare.

Oh, if instead she'd left to me
The thing she took into the grave!
That courage like a rock, which she
Has no more need of, and I have.

Edna St. Vincent Millay, Mine the Harvest, 1945

A Proud Mother, vintage postcard, Willow's collection


  1. Beautiful pictures and poem Willow. Happy Mothers Day to you!

  2. I wonder what year the Indian Madonna and child were photographed. Their clothing is quite interesting.

    Happy Mother's Day to you too Willow.

  3. Happy Mother's Day, Willow. As ever, your pictures enhance the beauty of your blog, and today with an extra depth of meaning.

    No one could say it like Edna!

    I hope you enjoy your special day.

    Best regards,

  4. Stevie, there's no date on the old postcard with the Indian mother and child, but it is very old. I would guess around 1900-1910. I loved the two cards...the pioneer woman and the Indian...symbolic of my ancestry.

  5. Thank you ladies! The rain has cleared, the sun is out and I am enjoying a lovely Mother's Day! :)

  6. Happy tidings on Mother's day!

  7. Beautiful baby, very poignant.
    Have a peaceful day!

  8. Just beautiful Willow..Happy Mother's Day

  9. Happy Mother's Day.
    Being a mother is the best thing that ever happened to me!
    Don't worry about liking 'The Sound of Music'. I remember crying at the opening sequence panning over the Tyrol.
    What a sap I am.........

  10. Happy Mother's Day Willow!

    Thanks for sharing such a wonderful poem and the vintage perfect

  11. Have a great Mother's Day. Beautiful choice of poem.

  12. Beautiful photos and poem! Happy Mother's Day! Hope you had a wonderful day with your family.

    kari & kijsa

  13. This little Edna is pretty good with words and poetry. Nice tribute to motherhood... and again those lilies are so elegant!
    The Bach

  14. Happy Mother's Day to you, too Willow. Beautiful images on the postcards. (BTW, I want to get a book of poems by Edna St. Vincent Milay - is there a particular volume you would recommend?)

  15. Sharon, I would suggest "Collected Poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay", which is a fairly extensive collection of her work. Some of the smaller collections are of her earliest poems, that gained her recognition, but aren't necessarily her best. Of her vintage editions, I like "Mine the Harvest". I think you'll enjoy her! :)

  16. I used to memorize Millay for school. Good stuff.

    Cool blog, too. I'll be back!

  17. Wonderful photos!

    I always love Gary Melchers--I went to undergrad school at Mary Washington College (now Univ of Mary Washington) in VA, and he had a studio near there, so they have some of his wonderful paintings. I've been enamoured of him forever. Happy Mother's day to you as well, belatedly. Rest up!! Be well. The Indian woman and child are lovely,too.

  18. ps
    what a moving poem, too!
    (and I meant Gari Melchers--I think I misspelled his name...sorry!) Lovely post.

  19. A Brush, it is always exciting to post on subject you like and find that someone else does, too! Thanks for sharing about Melchers. He is also one of my favorites. :)


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