Two Subjects – Two Sisters


When I realized the Weekly Photo Challenge theme was “Two Subjects” I knew I wanted to write about two of the most classy and  stylish people I’ve known: my Aunt Esther Esther 1956_2and my Aunt Sheila.

Over the years I’ve seen  pictures of my dad’s sisters…so stylish…so glamorous…so lovely.  I would see their photos and think about the confidence they projected.

Still, I see more than their beauty. They carried themselves with class. I can’t help but smile.

My Aunt Esther was a dedicated wife and home maker who raised three children.  She had air of sweetness about her, a cheerful smile and an easy-going disposition.

One of my favorite pictures in the family gallery is this photo of my Aunt Esther as a bridesmaid..  She is stunning. I am also touched by her poise and grace.





Sheila Rocker

My Aunt Sheila,  also a dedicated wife and mother, worked most recently as an interpreter.   When I finally decided to blog, I took much of my inspiration from her. She has starred in a few videos where she’s told family stories on her own blog.

When email first became popular she would practice her computer skills by sending jokes to my sister’s young children. We dubbed her our e-Aunt.

This picture of my Aunt Sheila is very casual.  I can picture her relaxing on the porch while enjoying a conversation with friends, neighbors and family. It’s a reminder for me to pause every now and then and simply enjoy everyday moments.




The next picture is what my sisters and I call “the dress.”   My Aunt Sheila, my mom and my Aunt Esther all look stylish.  Aunt Sheila looks elegant and crisp.  My Mom looks pretty and put together…but admittedly,  my sisters and I always loved the dress my Aunt Esther is wearing.  With her beautiful long, dark, wavy hair she looks very exotic.

Sheila Mary  Esther

First and foremost they were sisters.  When my sweet Aunt Esther passed away a number of years ago my Aunt Sheila, who was so dedicated to her, spoke about how much she would miss their conversations, how much she would miss her.

I understand that.  I have two sisters.  We would to stay up late at night, talking and giggling in our room.  Our parents would repeatedly tell us to go to sleep.

I imagine they were no different, laughing and sharing each others secrets, desires and dreams.

Two sisters.

Esther Sheila


I've always enjoyed writing and finally decided it was time to blog! As part of my profession I write every day, but I'm now trying to take the time to write creatively. My family and friends have been very encouraging as there is little that is written down in the way of a family chronicle. This is a favorite topic of mine! In addition to family history, I write about life, family, friends and faith. My husband is a full-time parent to our special needs daughter. I’ve explored this topic, too. I also enjoy music, crocheting, reading and relaxing with my family. I hope you enjoy what I have to offer!

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28 comments on “Two Subjects – Two Sisters
  1. Gemma says:

    Most definitely stunning!
    Reminds me of photos of my mom. She is 89 now and still beautiful, but the pictures of her when she was much younger, wel, va-va-va-voom?
    🙂 thanks again for sharing, Cathy.

    • Cathy G says:

      Hi Gemma. My aunt is also an octogenarian, and she is quite lovely. There are family photos of all of the women of her generation when they were younger and yes, they would all turn heads! 🙂

  2. cobbies69 says:

    I love your theme, old pictures and family histories and memories, love it, as on my site I did a post on my mother. Person of the same heart..thanks for share..;)

  3. gingerbreadcafe says:

    I love the bridesmaid picture, how beautiful.

  4. Iñigo says:

    They are beautiful!

  5. Northern Narratives says:

    I love your photos and family stories.

  6. what a a lovely tribute – thanks so much for sharing this =D

  7. nelson RN says:

    Thanks for sharing your family story 🙂

  8. Bab:) says:

    I love looking at old photos…they mean so much to me:)

  9. What a beautiful tribute to some of the women in your family. I also have 2 sisters. I love posts that celebrate women.

  10. Gorgeous! And so sweet a way to pay tribute to those in your family! A wonderful post 🙂

  11. What a beautiful family. Thanks for sharing your family photos. And ‘the dress’ is gorgeous.

  12. Cathy G says:

    Thank-you, Susan Elizabeth! It brings my a lot of joy to look at their photos…asn as far as the dress, seeing a black and white photo leaves much to the imagination…I wonder about the color and the fabirc!

  13. What wonderful family photos! Thanks for sharing.

  14. Helia says:

    Oh Cathy! You captured your Aunt Sheila perfectly! Unfortunately I never met your Aunt Esther, but Aunt Sheila is everything you said and more. She was beautiful then and even more so now (I think). She is the epitome of beauty, style, class, kindness and under all that, a strong inner strength! She took care of Uncle Joe always and we all know it was hardest at the end. Yet, she did it with dignity and strength all wrapped in love, kindness and patience. What a wonderful tribute to both your aunts!

    • Cathy G says:

      Hi Helia! Thank-you for the wonderful comment! Yes, my Aunt Sheila is all that you described. She is so lovely, a real pillar in the family. When Uncle Joe passed away and I was with her planning the music for the funeral, the pastor made the observation, “So graceful.” That says it all, even in the most difficult times she has always shown her strength and beauty all at once. Blessings. – Cathy

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