cat eye
cat eye

My Grandmother lived her entire adult life in a shotgun house. In fact, she quietly slipped away one Christmas morning while the world around her home of three rooms was filled with the joy of children’s excitement and laughter as they ripped paper from boxes, and ribbons floated unnoticed to the floor.

Her possessions had been few, but her abundant happiness was nearly tangible. I suppose because her expectation for the finer things of life was low she took joy in simple things. For instance, she collected glass cat eye marbles.

This is one of them.

In a search online tonight I saw these for sale for as little as 37 cents each.

Oh, the wealth we hold in a memory of a person whose joy came not from things money could obtain, but from a full and happy heart.

— i said that


Comments (22):

  1. Harry

    Feb 23, 2018 at 9:51 pm

    nice presentation. it is a challenge to avoid ALL reflections.

  2. Claudine/canelle

    Feb 24, 2018 at 12:50 am

    Très belle composition , bravo !
    Merci pour la petite histoire
    Bonne journée

  3. Michael Skorulski

    Feb 24, 2018 at 1:26 am

    A lovely image for a special memory. I remember playing with these as a child and valuing a cat’s eye above other marbles.

  4. mhelene

    Feb 24, 2018 at 1:53 am

    A wonderful tribute ! Beautiful composition.

  5. Maria-lina

    Feb 24, 2018 at 5:15 am

    Superbe, que ta photo est belle, magnifique! Bise, bon samedi tout en douceur!

  6. ruthiebear

    Feb 24, 2018 at 8:16 am

    My grandparents were simple sharecroppers in the SOuth. They too were filled with happiness and love. Orange circus peanut candies remind me of all that they were. This image apired with your words are full of feeling.

  7. Claudio

    Feb 24, 2018 at 11:29 am

    A beautiful idea, original as a composition. Also I have ventured into the stil life, but with poor results.

  8. Willem

    Feb 24, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    Fine presentation and focus work.

  9. Anne

    Feb 25, 2018 at 8:25 am

    A lovely composition and wonderful piece of history to go with it.

  10. ....peterp

    Feb 25, 2018 at 9:52 am

    your Grandmother sounds like a very wonderful woman… i had such treasures of cat eye marbles… they were worth twice that of the other marbles… and you could get a bag of 20 for about 15 cents….peter:)

  11. Elaine Hancock

    Feb 25, 2018 at 2:44 pm

    This is just gorgeous! I love color and the textures. And such a beautiful story. When I was little I had a bag of marbles. The cat eye marbles were my favorites.

  12. Tatar@Y

    Feb 26, 2018 at 12:40 am

    Magnifique composition et attrayante histoire. )

  13. lisl

    Feb 26, 2018 at 1:24 am

    A lovely way to remember your grandmother, sherri

  14. JMS*

    Feb 26, 2018 at 1:43 am

    Très joli ce bijou qui raconte de bien beaux souvenirs d’enfance.

  15. Emily

    Feb 26, 2018 at 11:09 am

    This is a great — also, would be great for product photography! Have you thought about that?

  16. Martine Libouton

    Feb 27, 2018 at 4:39 am

    Une magnifique photo et que ton texte est beau !!! Merciiii

  17. Steven

    Feb 27, 2018 at 6:21 am

    A wonderful story to go with this great composition!! Just a small trinket one could carry to bring forth so many memories.

  18. Diane

    Feb 28, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    I always coveted those as a child. Your grandmother sounds much like my mother.

  19. Marc

    Mar 3, 2018 at 6:33 am

    Très belle compositon j’aime bien l’histoire aussi de ta grand maman.Bonne journée


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