This is a photo of my mother when she was in her twenties, long before she met my father. She loved to sketch, and her friends all expected her to be making little sketches when they went out together. In this photo, she’s on a Mississippi River excursion boat called “The Admiral,” which started its day trips on the riverfront in St.Louis and cruised to the south along the river for a few hours.
Maybe she was sketching the Missouri and Illinois bluffs and farmlands that were visible from the deck, or maybe she was sketching little portraits of her friends. I imagine that she gave her sketches to them.
Today, October 10, 2020, would be her 110th birthday, so I’m thinking about her and the things she enjoyed during her life — friends, her family, and sketching, painting, drawing, and calligraphy.
Blog post © 2020 mae sander.