I have posted this photo before, but when the blogging theme for Sunday changed from Black Sheep Sunday to Sentimental Sunday, this image instantly came to mind.
Pictured here are my grandmother (standing), my great-grandfather Charles Arthur “Bubba” Rogers and my Aunt Jan at age about 5 years. My Aunt Jan was born in 1938, so this photo would have been taken about 1943.
My great-grandfather Bubba Rogers died 17 Dec 1942, so this may well have been the last photo ever taken of him. Since my grandmother and my aunt are both wearing coats and my aunt a hat, and in north Texas you don’t were coats usually until at least November, that dates the photo as taken only weeks or days before Bubba’s death.
The expressions on Nanny’s and Bubba’s faces are those of resigned acceptance. I think at this point, both knew that time was running short. Bubba appears tired and frail, and Nanny seems to show calm determination. Determination to make sure that Bubba knows that he is literally in the arms of his loving family…