Explosive Scraps and Thoughts by Chris Apollo Lynn

Six pictures of my grandmother.

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Just got back from spending several days in Galveston for my grandfather’s 90th birthday. While there, I shot several pics of my grandmother. Thought I would share them with you!

My grandmother is the person who has inspired me the most. She has always been there to give me the emotional support and courage I’ve needed on my many voyages throughout life. A truly classy lady, she taught me to respect people regardless of their race, religion, social status or sexual orientation. She’s also extremely compassionate, which is why she was a superstar nurse before she retired.

A few years ago, she and my grandfather moved from their home in Dallas to an assisted living center in Galveston. Before the move, she had a very active life: personal trainer, book club, shopping at Central Market and eating healthy food.  Her life is completely different now. Not sure whether it was leaving her friends, downsizing from a house into an apartment or the stress of watching my grandfather suffer through Parkinson’s disease, but she’s been off-and-on depressed since the move.

When I was living in Berlin, she used to call me every day to chat. Those calls got me through the severe depression I suffered after having everything stolen. Now I call her almost every night with the hopes that I can lift her spirits.

While depressed, she had gained a lot of weight. A couple of months ago, she decided she needed to lose the weight so that she could regain a little esteem. Over this last visit, she looked like the granny I grew up with: active and fit. For a woman in her late 80’s, she looks amazing. I couldn’t stop taking pictures!

This one is probably my favorite of all the photos I took. We were in the elevator heading out to grab dinner. Surprisingly, the light was amazing. She looked strong.

This is obviously not the best quality picture–but the situation was so beautiful. We were walking to her car. It was sunset, and the sky was flushed with pinks and purples. We stopped to admire the splendor. When I turned to look back at her, she was bathed in the pink light reflecting off the sky, as if she was glowing. Behind her, a bush with pink flowers was blowing in the breeze. I snapped this picture to remember the moment.

This is a picture of my grandmother dressed to go to dinner. She loves pink and purple, and this outfit looked great on her!

This was her outfit for my grandfather’s birthday dinner. She reminded me of a Spanish Catalan woman.

This is my grandmother with Tennille, a family friend. I love this picture because this is her natural smile. It’s so peaceful and happy. It was the only time I captured it during the trip. The joy of having everyone there for my gfather’s b-day kinda shines through. And she loves Tennille.

This is my grandfather. He is also one of my heros. He taught me that I can create my own world.

Even though he’s 90, I think he still looks very handsome. I snapped this picture before we headed to the Lone Star Flight Museum. Because of the Parkinson’s, it was tough to take a picture of him. For this one, I hopped in front of him and said “Smile, Bobby!” He smiled, and I snapped the pic!

My grandfather is the love of my grandmother’s life. They’ve been together for 65 years. The compassion she has for this man is amazing. I can’t imagine what it’s like to watch as your loved one slowly deteriorates in front of you. But they have each other. And their love is so beautiful.

This is the best picture I think I’ve ever taken of them. My grandmother looks devoted and strong. <3

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Written by Chris Apollo Lynn

June 29, 2010 at 9:30 AM

Posted in Personal, Photographs

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  1. It’s remarkable how you and your Grandmother have the same strong eyes. Truly you carry a piece of her wherever you go, through actions, through the way you live and the way you appreciate those close to you.


    June 29, 2010 at 1:38 PM

  2. She’s so beautiful!!! And how lucky for you, that she was open minded way back when. That’s an amazing gift she gave you!

    Mary Wallace

    June 29, 2010 at 9:24 PM

  3. […] I wrote to a friend will just serve as a brief update until I can write something more thoughtful: My grandmother is on pain medicine and she’s doing chemotherapy. She has lung cancer. It’s been such […]

  4. […] [More pictures of my grandmother here.] […]

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