Sewing up a few family photos to hang on the walls. Simple. Vintage wallpaper on the back and a stray ribbon to loop through the top for easy hanging.
You can't really tell, from the photo but there is a fabulous faux bois tree trunk tombstone my great grandmother, Maria Isabel Guerra is leaning against in this photo. She and my great grandfather, Jacobo Concepcion Guerra, travelled to the grave of their oldest son, Jacobo Santos Guerra who died on September 15, 1919. They are visiting his grave on the first anniversary of his death in Montemorelos, Mexico, on September 15, 1920. This fact is made all the more poignant by the next wall hanging photo below which is of their same son's wedding 10 years earlier.
That's Mama Ita (Maria Isabel) sitting there on the left in the forefront next to her husband Jacobo. Across the wedding table sits the younger Jacobo on the occasion of his marriage to Flossie Herrera on September 1, 1909. I imagine him sitting there relaxed holding the bottle of wine, his little sister's hand (my grandmother) resting on his shoulder, looking across the table at his mother, who is looking at the camera. Safe under the wedding tent, a warm breeze ruffling the crepe paper decorations and flag. I like to imagine they are looking at me looking back at them.
Let's move in for a closer look shall we? Next to Flossie in the dark glasses sits Jacobo's other sister, Maria Cristina, who was blinded in one eye by a tree branch, as she rode in her carriage some years earlier.
I think they meant to invite me to the wedding. I want to hear the conversations, feel the warm air, look up into the sky later when it is growing dark and see the stars opening, follow my great grandparents into the house when the party is over and listen as Crisanta Florentina (my grandmother) is tucked into bed.
I asked my sister Dottie about the feasibility of building a time machine and going back to the Rio Grande Texas of 99 years ago, to that September day. She suggested I get my 2nd graders to help me. Brilliant idea! Why didn't I think of it?