The Nice Thing About Strangers

Creative Non-Fiction Short Stories. :) Travel, Oldsters, Love, and Compassion.


old photographs, wedding photos, wedding day

My maternal grandparents on their wedding day. Circa 1940.
















Because I, only I, see her smile a fraction before it reaches her face…Because her laughter spurts through a blowhole in the top of her head and sprays all over the morning. Because a man like me has no business with this substance, “beauty,” my here she is, in these soundproof chambers of my heart.

-David Mitchell. Cloud Atlas.

old photographs

My paternal Grandmother with her sister. Circa 1917.

19 comments on “Ancestors

  1. petchary
    November 19, 2012


    • thenicethingaboutstrangers
      November 19, 2012

      I love the old photos of my grandparents. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

      • petchary
        November 19, 2012

        They are wonderful. I was recently going through some old photos myself when I was home, and have managed to copy them. These are intriguing…

      • thenicethingaboutstrangers
        November 19, 2012

        The one of my paternal grandmother is uncanny. We have the same profile! I have to keep reminding myself that I’m not the one in the photo!

      • petchary
        November 19, 2012

        Isn’t it funny how these likenesses seem to skip a generation! By the way, thank you for following my blog…

      • thenicethingaboutstrangers
        November 19, 2012

        Sure thing! Sorry I didn’t do it before! I recognized your little bird, but only today saw the “following” button hadn’t been pecked! 🙂

      • petchary
        November 19, 2012

        Thanks! That little bird (the Petchary in local parlance) isn’t in Jamaica at the moment – he’s a summer visitor from South America!

  2. free penny press
    November 19, 2012

    Best thing I’ve read/seen all day.. Thank you for sharing this loveliness!

  3. ApplePieAndNapalm
    November 19, 2012

    Another inspiring post, excellent job! Your blog is so much fun to read.

  4. Sigrun
    November 20, 2012

    What a fantastic wedding picture – love it!

  5. Ana (Ana Travels)
    November 20, 2012

    I love those photos 🙂 It’s nice to know where one comes from, as it were, right?

  6. GalOnTrip
    November 21, 2012

    wow, it’s great that you keep your ancestor’s pics. lovely! did you purposely ask your grandparents to pass it to you? i guess i should do the same one day. most probably my dad and grandparents still keep them. i’ve just never asked them before.

    • thenicethingaboutstrangers
      November 21, 2012

      I have been going through the old pictures from our family and scanning them when I have time. I keep thinking: if there’s a housefire, we’re going to lose all of these images! So slowly slowly, I’ve been trying to preserve them. It’s a good reminder of the dreams they had for me as well.

      You should ask to borrow them! 🙂

      • GalOnTrip
        November 22, 2012

        fair enough. i agree!

  7. Marylin Warner
    December 9, 2012

    Lovely, poignant post. A tribute to your ancestors.

  8. Alarna Rose Gray
    December 17, 2012

    Such a gorgeous, playful image of the two of them 🙂

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