Wednesday, October 04, 2006

A SMILE FOR WEDNESDAYS -- Grandpa and Me


32 Comments:

Blogger micki said...

My Silly Self Portrait from the summer of 2005
Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Kodak T-Max ISO 100
Shutter Speed - Not Noted
Aperture Setting - Program Mode, just pressed the two second delay on the remote and let the camera do the work
Lens - Sigma 70-300mm zoom lens
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

My grandpa is the second on the left, but if you can’t tell that, then this post wasn’t worth making.

My grandpa died at the age of 56 when I was just seven years old. Surprisingly, I do have quite a good deal of memories left, all things considered. He was born of Romanian immigrants that had gone to Argentina to start a new life. At the age of two, his parents, one of his older brothers, and he came to America through Ellis Island…the only Pavelois to ever do so. I thought that was pretty cool when I discovered that a few years ago. They all changed names (something I also discovered…gotta love the internet) and settled in northeast Ohio. He served in the Army in WWII as a paratrooper and also spent time on submarines along the Egyptian coast, if I remember correctly from his letters home he wrote. He worked for Ford and loved to fix cars and fish. And drink beer…Blue Ribbon, I think. ;o)

When today’s picture was taken, he was in his early 30’s. I’ve had this picture hanging in my bedroom on a mirror or board for over ten years. It always made me smile, and then one day, about two months ago I walked by and saw my face in my grandpa’s. Isn’t that cool? That really made me smile! Over 30 years from the last time I saw him, and there he is again.

Took the self portrait over a year ago. I had just bought the little remote for my camera…that is a cool toy. Surprised I haven’t lost it yet.

9:12 AM  
Anonymous torekimi said...

Beautiful self-portrait. My camera refuses to do that. Makes a whirring noise...then runs away. Funny.

9:14 AM  
Anonymous Fantom Poet said...

I like the composition of your self portrait lots. I must admit I love playing with my rmote gizmo as well ;-)

10:06 AM  
Anonymous Suby said...

Awwww finally we get to see your pretty smiling self. Aaawww, who that looking so cool and happy and sexy? Yep it's Micki. LOL

We (Sinem & I) have always wondered what you looked like. :)

Finally we now know. Now i can't remember what the shot of your granpa looked like (dang)

Suby

10:20 AM  
Blogger Don said...

I had to go back to the pictures and take a more careful look. Sure enough, a striking resemblance. Nice combo to post with the interesting comment.

10:41 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I could tell right away who you were related to. Not to mention the camera hanging around his neck. You are beautiful Micki:)

11:06 AM  
Anonymous Doris said...

Awesome Memories and info on your family history! I love old photo's like that! I have a old photo album from my dad. It is hand made from wood LOL.

My moms side Immigrated from Germany and they changed the pronunciation of their last name because no one in America could get it right LOL

you are right we have been hanging out at each other blogs for quite a while! that does make us old friends :-)

11:30 AM  
Anonymous Brett Admire said...

wow..almost indentical. Thats crazy! Cool idea with the comparison

11:47 AM  
Anonymous Otto K. said...

Lovely set. I guess photography runs in the family. :-)

11:48 AM  
Anonymous david said...

excellent self portrait; and brave - you'll never see my ugly mug displayed for the world to see!! mind you it helps if, like you, you're the slightest bit photogenic!

11:48 AM  
Anonymous Hendra said...

Thanks for showing up. :-)

I like your story about your grandpa. Memory demands a picture.

11:57 AM  
Anonymous armeen said...

it's a beautiful story and a nice match. it is nice to see you micki :)

11:59 AM  
Anonymous Jeff Ambrose said...

Nothing like a good self portrait to start off the day.

12:56 PM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Very interesting history and a superb self portrait. Nice to see you Micki!

1:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone who says photographs don't have power has never seen something of themselves - their face, their situation, their world - reflected back in one. The power to connect across time, geography, belief and econmics is staggering. It's so nice to put a face to the name. Great post.

1:45 PM  
Blogger PhotoSam said...

lovely shot...both of u and grandad...8.5/10

2:56 PM  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

Brilliant! A great tribute to your grandpa. I'm told I look like my grandpa too, which is an honour to me.

3:16 PM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

Wonderful post indeed. It's really fun to look at old pictures.

I have great one of my dad in his Airforce uniform from when he served in WWII.

My husbands family also changed their name from Jakovich, but it was after WWII many years after his family came here.

4:11 PM  
Anonymous Paul said...

Wonderful post, Micki. Beautiful self portrait! It's really nice to finally put a face with the name!

4:41 PM  
Anonymous Still said...

I like a lot the old shot of your grandpa... ,and it's nice to meet you here, in this fine selfportrait...

5:37 PM  
Anonymous Christian said...

I'm glad to know you better Micki.
You're very pretty and smilling.

Your roots came from Europe .
The story of your GrandPa is great.

Thanks for answering to my yesterday's query.
Have a good night Micki

5:55 PM  
Blogger Naturegirl said...

Mickey you are gorgeous your eyes sparkle!A cover girl smile!
Nice story about your grandad...OMG he died at my age!!

11:26 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!! I never get tired of viewing old photos. Great portrait of yourself!! Pretty.

11:36 PM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

lovely self portrait:-) and yr grandpa must love photograph-he got the camera on his neck...:-)

11:52 PM  
Blogger H.O said...

great history(nice picture I love it) and beautiful self portrait Micki :)
now I try to make immigrants history like a your grandpa :)

11:53 PM  
Blogger Daniele Marioli said...

Hi!!
Very well!
Great shot!
Ciao!

12:57 AM  
Blogger manju said...

Excellent self portrait :) Also, nice to hear your grandpa's story !

6:51 AM  
Anonymous TC said...

A perfect match! :)

7:23 AM  
Anonymous Paxton Prints said...

Lovely self portrait! It is interesting to see the faces of people you bump into on the Internet.

8:26 PM  
Anonymous Ron: Threeflavours.ca said...

Great story, and great pics!

12:46 AM  
Anonymous sinem said...

There is a certain charm in old photos in b&w, and real grain (not converted to b&w with added noise on photoshop!) of relatives and finding yourself in theirs.

Ignore Suby - I always knew what you looked like from another self-portrait you posted here a while back!

8:54 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

How nice to be able to make that connection - thanks for sharing a bit of his story.

7:01 AM  

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