Maya is lucky to have a great grandmother still alive, who is my grandmother on my mother's side. What makes this even more special to me, is that my grandmother, my mother, Maya and I are all first born women.
So when Maya was born I decided that I wanted a picture taken of all four of us together. My grandmother was 87 years old at the time and had lost her husband a few months prior. So I wanted to get the photo done sooner rather than later. But it was hard to organise all four of us together at the same time. Until Maya's first birthday when all four of us came together. But none of the photos turned out.
I had always meant to try again and then forgot all about it once my mother got sick. But after my mother passed I lamented the fact that I never got the picture I wanted.
Then recently my aunt turned up with a picture of the four of us. I had forgotten that we had all made it to my cousin's house warming together in December 2009. And my aunt had captured the four of us together on her camera.
A copy of the photo now sits framed on my mantel. Four generations of first born women. And I can't even describe how grateful I am to have this picture. This picture I sought because my grandmother was of advanced age and could pass any time.
But it turned out I wasn't racing the clock for her passing but for my mothers instead. And if I hadn't been trying to get a photo with my grandmother in it, I wouldn't have this photo with my mother in it.