Last week, I changed the profile picture on my What Color Is Your Brain? Facebook page, which is featured in this post. I was amazed and delighted with the copious “likes” and comments such as: “lovely, precious, Love the matching mother daughter dresses! Adorable, Beautiful pic. Must have lots of great memories. Beautiful lady.”
My Yellow Brain wrote “Thank you” messages to everyone who wrote a comments. I also acknowledge my friend and multi-talented artist and graphic designer, Judith L. Ferguson, for restyling my mother’s hair using Photoshop and another 1948 family photo as an accurate reference. My father had cut off the top of my mother’s head when he took the picture. As a Brainer Brainer, he was a remarkable husband, father, and mechanical engineer, but not a precise photographer.
In my Facebook post, I told everyone to watch for my blog post to learn the back-story about this treasured photo. The picture that was taken in our garden, but it did not have the exact date. However, as an Blue Brain avid gardener, I know that my Irises bloom in Chicago during May and June. I also remembered my mother telling me that I was 3 years old when the picture was taken. That meant my mother was 31 years old, in 1948.
After graduating high school, my mother attended the Art Institute of Chicago and studied fashion and haute couture design. During the depression she created and dressed, which she sold for extra income for her family. My mother loved designing and make clothes for herself, me, and my dolls. We were right in style with our “Mother – Daughter Dresses”, which were most fashionable and popular during the 1940’s and 1950’s.
In my fairy tale, Princess Shayna’s Invisible Visible Gift, Queen Sylvia makes Princess Shayna a Green Celebration Dress with Yellow, Blue and Orange flowers, which represented the four villages in the Kingdom of Kindness. After I wrote this description, I told my husband, Jordan, that I had seen this dress before. However, I could remember where.
When we returned home from my writing trip, I searched a box of old family photos. I discovered the photo my father had taken of my mother and I standing in our garden wearing the exact Green Celebration Dress I had written about!!
This was proof… authors do create from their Blue Heart and Soul, even when their Green Logical Brain cannot immediately make sense of or understand what they are writing.
“Rimsiyavyo!”, which is the word Sigmund the Royal Wizard exclaims when he makes a discovery and solves a problem. I was ecstatic when I found the picture and I am happy that I can share my “Mother – Daughter Dresses” story with you.
I am working on the complete Princess Shayna’s Invisible Visible Gift back-story. I will let you know when I post it on my website.
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