Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Archive photo of the day: Grandma Kief

Grandma Kief by The Bacher Family
Grandma Kief, a photo by The Bacher Family on Flickr.
When I took this picture in January of 2007, my Grandma Kief was 90 years old and living in a nursing home. Her mind was beginning to slip a little bit, but her health was still strong, and when we managed to get down to Oregon from our home in Washington to see her, she would always greet us warmly and with great love. She faced many challenges in her life with grace and equanimity, and while this is not the most beautiful portrait ever taken of her, it captures the same look I saw in her eyes as she died in June of 2009: hope and joy, mixed with stubborn determination and just a trace of sadness.

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