22 October 2010
Posted by Paul Anater at 7:08 PM
This was my Grandmother, Guellma Gevene Flowers-Smith-Stewart and today would have been her 105th birthday. Of the many people who played a significant role in my life, none loom larger than Gevene. The older I get the more I see her in me. And the older I get too, the more I see just how great a thing that is. Gram died 14 years ago but I swear she's still around sometimes.
She loved life and embraced it, warts and all, with a passion and an energy that makes me marvel even now. In the photo above, she's playing with Sarah, her first great-grand daughter. Oh how she loved that baby. I remember when that photo was taken, I was standing right there. It really doesn't feel like it was very long ago, but I suppose it was. The baby in that photo now has a husband, a baby and another one on the way. Here she is.
This is Pauline, my great niece and Gevene's great-great grand daughter.
Pauline's going to grow up hearing stories about a great lady who was born in 1905 and I love that kind of continuity. I'm convinced that the dead live on when the living tell their stories and so long as I have breath in my body, Guellma Gevene Flowers-Smith-Stewart's going to be around for a very long time.