A Blend of Past and Present

Sorry, I was going to post some musings about crossing lines in photography, but I need more time. Coming soon….

This Christmas, I took two photos and then realized they represented a blending of old and new; past and present.  In this one, I placed my favorite Christmas mug in front of paper Christmas trees made by my stepdaughter’s late mother. Decorating for Christmas is mostly her stuff, with a few of my things scattered about. I want my stepdaughter, who’s a minor, to feel at home, especially around the holidays.

Merry Christmas Eve!

The photo below was my stepdaughter’s idea:

The “bowler” is from one of her mother’s Bolivian dolls. I can’t believe Rocky consented to having it on his head, but he’s very obedient with my stepdaughter. She loves looking at this photos like this, and I’m glad Rocky entertains her.

It’s not easy being a stepmom, but I am getting there. Last Christmas, my husband’s daughter said she wished she could call her mom and ask her about a recipe. Her older sister and brother smiled sadly and nodded. Then it hit me: I’m the woman they wish was someone else. Of course, they want their mother back, but they’ve done everything to make me feel accepted and welcome. What more could I ask for?
I’ve heard nightmarish things from other stepmoms and stepchildren, and feel so lucky to not have that kind of situation.

Oh, I promise I won’t be trotting out photos of my little Maltese every week. It just worked out that way this time.

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9 Responses to A Blend of Past and Present

  1. Caroline says:

    I enjoy seeing his photos, he is such a cutie. I’m sure it can be difficult to be a stepmother but I am sure too that you are doing a great job. They will always miss their mother, I suppose, but I am sure they don’t want you to be someone else.

  2. The thought of being a stepmom is a little scary to me because of all the bad stories. I’m glad you’re having a good experience!

    What’s wrong with posting pics of your dog every week? He’s adorable!

    • Those boys already love you, so you will do fine! The best advice I can give is go slowly and don’t try to replace their mom. I’m sure you’re already aware of that.

      Ha ha, my dog’s going to be so conceited with all this attention. 🙂

  3. flyinggma says:

    I love the Italian coffee mug with the tree behind it. Very beautiful!

    I love that you have incorporated mostly your stepdaughter’s things around your home to make her feel welcome. You will do just fine as stepmom. You are already sensitive their needs and making a place for them.

    Rocky is adorable. I wouldn’t mind seeing more pictures of him.

  4. mindymilburn says:

    Okay the photo of the dog with the hat is one of the cutest things EVER!

  5. Rich says:

    Very sweet.

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