Art & Travel Photo Journal

[Photo Journal] Mother And Child Under The Tuscan Skies

Siena, Chianti, and San Gimignano


Myra here.

Every Tuesday, we share photographs from our recent or long-ago travels, or just everyday stuff that appealed to our mindful eye and sharp sensibilities as captured through fleeting images.

Mother And Daughter Under The Tuscan Skies

We must have taken thousands of photographs while we were in Tuscany last year. Here are a few of my favourites of my daughter and I while touring around Siena, San Gimignano, and Chianti.

“Probably there is nothing in human nature more resonant with charges than the flow of energy between two biologically alike bodies, one of which has lain in amniotic bliss inside the other, one of which has labored to give birth to the other. The materials are here for the deepest mutuality and the most painful estrangement.” 
― Adrienne Rich, Of Woman Born: Motherhood as Experience and Institution
“Some women pray for their daughters to marry good husbands. I pray that my girls will find girlfriends half as loyal and true as the Ya-Yas.” 
― Rebecca Wells, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
“You must go further than I did,” Nedra said. “You know that.”
“With your life. You must become free.”
She did not explain it; she could not. It was not a matter of living alone, though in her case this had been necessary. The freedom she meant was self-conquest. It was not a natural state. It was meant only for those who would risk everything for it, who were aware that without it life is only appetites until the teeth are gone.” 
― James Salter, Light Years
“When someone asks you where you come from, the answer is your mother…When your mother’s gone, you’ve lost your past. It’s so much more than love. Even when there’s no love, it’s so much more than anything else in your life. I did love my mother, but I didn’t know how much until she was gone.” 
― Anna Quindlen, One True Thing

“Mom. You taught me that I don’t have to have dreams. I can have goals.” 
― Fredrik Backman,Us Against You

“I wanted my mom, in a way you maybe can’t ever want anyone else. It was primal and sharp and it made me feel like a needle in the haystack of a cold and terrible world. I wanted my mom.”
― Melissa Albert, The Hazel Wood

“Sometimes I know part of me is still a ghost, walking next to my mother, looking for something to make an offering to, holding her hand. Either this feeling means that part of me is dead, or that she’s alive, somewhere inside of me.” 
― Terese Marie Mailhot, Heart Berries: A Memoir

“Her judgemental younger self has no idea that she will have a daughter too one day, and that the thought of her little girl ever leaving home will make her feel like weeping.” 
― Eve Chase, The Wildling Sisters

“She put on some music. Drum and flute, I think. She played it soft, because it was dreadfully late, a time when all good men and women, or at least the practical ones, had gone to bed. Then she danced for me.” 
― Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Before We Visit the Goddess

“To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow.” 
― Maya Angelou

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Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

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