Thursday, August 25, 2011

A PICTURE SURPRISE!

By Judy Haughton-James
Judy ( left) & Janine ( right)
          
        A few days ago I got a wonderful surprise when I received this picture from my first cousin Marlene Bryant, a professional photographer who lives in Massachusetts, U.S.A. Janine and I were very family conscious and always happy to receive visits from relatives. We got a special treat when Marlene visited as she would be armed with her special cameras ready to take pictures of us and our family. I have several pictures that she took of us over the years but it was the first time that I was seeing this one. 


       Janine and I enjoyed roaming around our farm as Marlene captured pictures of us. Here we were seated beside a breadfruit tree. We loved pictures taken in the midst of nature.


         I shared this picture with my Facebook friends and it brought back quite a few memories of our high school days. For one it reminded me that many years ago we wore our watches on opposite hands. Our former schoolmate Celia who is keen commented on this ! Others remembered that Janine was always the one with the bright smile. Sophia even remembered that one of us had a scar. Oh, that was me! This was a slight scar I had after a cut above my right eye when I was very young. However it faded with time so was hardly seen by many!:) Another friend Marjorie said she could vividly picture the days when she saw us waiting for our ride home.This picture was indeed a pleasant surprise!

54 comments:

cheerfulnuts said...

That's a nice picture! You and Janine remind me of my sister and myself. I was the one who always had the bright smile, and she was the one who frowned a lot. But as we get older, she learned to smile at the camera. Maybe because my parents kept on telling her how ugly she looked on the pictures LOL.

Clairejustine said...

Lovely picture and lovely memories...
Have a lovely weekend ...

Itin said...

How lucky of you to have preserved the very special memories of your life. All my pictures since I was a baby were burned down by a big conflagration that left us nothing in 2001. But papa saved his cellphone.

Judy Haughton-James said...

Hi Itin,
Thanks for your comments. I am sorry that you lost all your pictures. Take care and have a good weekend.
Judy

Judy Haughton-James said...

Thank you very much Clairejustine. I also wish you a lovely weekend. Take care.

Judy Haughton-James said...

Hi cheerfulnuts,
I told my mom that I have linked up with a lovely set of twins on my Blog and one is more like me and the other more like Janine!:) I have also learnt to smile more. These days I seem to have more of Janine's traits.
Amazing things happen when you are twins!:) Take care and have a great weekend.
Judy

Nekky said...

Memories of people we love are one of the things that would never die. You say these things as if they were of today.

Judy Haughton-James said...

You are right Nekky!Memories live on forever. Take care and have a good weekend.
Judy

Rose said...

Beautiful picture. Thanks for stopping by and following me at Tips for Saving. I am now following you as well.

Keep in touch!

Judy Haughton-James said...

Thanks a lot Rose. I look forward to keeping in touch. Have a great weekend!

TwinsWithTots said...

I plan to dig deeper into your blog soon although I am a little scared to since the experience you have had with loosing your twin in my biggest fear. I hope to learn from your experience and perhaps if one day this happens to me or my twin, we are a little more preared for it. I sincerely feel for your lose!!!
Following you from FFBH and looking forward to checking back with you.How you will FB
and take care
Cathy

Judy Haughton-James said...

Hi TwinswithTots,
Thanks for visiting my Blog. Although it has been a difficult time being without my twin I try to write most of my posts based on the good times we had. I am happy I started this Blog over 2 years after my twin's death. Writing has been a good grief management tool and therefore therapeutic. Take care and have a good weekend.
Judy

Mom Daughter Style said...

thanks for following my blog, im following you back.

you've got a lot of wonderful pictures to share. im sorry to hear about your twin.

http://momdaughterstyle.blogspot.com/

Veronica Lee said...

Beautiful pic!

Hi! I'm a new follower of your lovely blog.

Have a nice day!

Judy Haughton-James said...

Thank you very much Veronica. Have a good weekend.
Judy

Judy Haughton-James said...

Thank you very much Mom Daughter Style. Have a great weekend.
Judy

Babblin' Brooke said...

Judy, thanks so much for visiting my blog and becoming a follower. I am following you back.

I am heartbroken over your situation. However, it seems that you are handling it with great poise and character. Thanks so much for sharing your stories.

Treat and Trick said...

Thanks so much for stopping by and joining in my blog. That's so precious and must be cherished throughout our life. Will be back...

WarmSunshine said...

Hi there!

Thank you so much for linking up with me at "the perfect line". I hope you come by my blog for my weekly Friends' Meetup Party where I show case all my new found friends. I'll be linking up with you too as a token of my gratitude. Oh, and don't forget to meet my Pick of the Week blogger. I try my best to highlight someone who is doing an awesome work in their space. Please join me in appreciating them. By the way, you have a new follower :)

Hope you have an amazing weekend!

the perfect line

mmbear said...

Isn't it wonderful that we can still find good memories of being children? With all the hoopla of some who want to make us think all children have horrible lives, I get such joy out of knowing there were happy children, me included! I am a new follower thru GFC and would love a follow back when you get a chance. Thanks for sharing and have a great day!

Mary@http://www.mmbearcupoftea.com

Judy Haughton-James said...

Hi Babblin' Brooke,
Thank you so much for your comments and becoming a Follower. Take care and have a good weekend.
Judy

Judy Haughton-James said...

Thanks Treat and Trick!
I look forward to you visiting again.
Judy

Judy Haughton-James said...

Hi Warm Sunshine,
I look forward to participating in your Blog. Thanks for visiting and becoming a Follower. Have a good weekend.
Judy

Judy Haughton-James said...

Hi mmbear,
Thank you so much for your comments. I am so happy that I have wonderful memories of the years I had with my twin. It helps me along this difficult journey. I will definitely visit your Blog and become a Follower. Take care and have a great weekend.
Judy

Marisa and Brittany said...

What a beautiful picture and wonderful reminder of precious moments spent with your sister. I'm so sorry for your loss! What a special way to keep her spirit with you as you walk down memory lane. Thanks for following us at Me, You, and Creamed Corn :)... We're following back and looking forward to the fellowship!

Marisa

Judy Haughton-James said...

Thanks a lot Marisa and Brittany. Take care and have a good weekend.
Judy

The Paper Princess said...

Dear Judy

You and your sister are beautiful and I am so sorry for your loss! I lost my only sister 6 months before I started my blog. I know how deeply her loss impacted me - I can't imagine what losing a twin would be like!

Thank you for following me at Create With Joy. I'm delighted to follow you back and also delighted to see that you are following from Jamaica! I've had the pleasure of visiting your beautiful island several times so stopping by brings back many warm memories!

Ramona
http://create-with-joy.com

Judy Haughton-James said...

Hello Paper Princess,
Thanks for visiting my Blog and writing these comments. I am so sorry to learn that you have also lost a sister. I am happy that you have been able to visit my country and have good memories of the visit. Take very care and have a good weekend.
Judy

Jeanine Byers Hoag said...

How wonderful that you got those pictures! I admire what you are doing with your blog, honoring your twin and sharing your experiences.

I am not sure how to "follow" your blog, though. I tried to find the place to click and follow but didn't see one.

Thanks for stopping by my blog!
Jeanine

Judy Haughton-James said...

Thank you so much for visiting my Blog and writing your comments Jeanine. You can follow the Blog by clicking where it says 'Join this site' under the word FOLLOWERS. This is located on the right sidebar below the picture of Janine and me. I hope you get through okay. Take care.

Network Marketing Mama said...

What a wonderful gift! I'm sure you were thrilled. :)

Thank you for commenting on my blog Network Marketing Mama and for your concern over my sprained ankle. I appreciate it and I'm sure I will be back in full swing very shorty!

Judy Haughton-James said...

Hi Network Marketing Mama I was really thrilled when I got this picture. Thanks for visiting my Blog and writing these comments. Again I wish you a speedy recovery with your ankle. Take care.
Judy

Katya kate said...

First of all, I'm so sorry to know about your loss...

This photo is so beautiful! You two looked so beautiful together. Very identical, hard to know which is which, maybe except for the way you wear your watch :)

Your blog is very interesting! I am your new follower.

Kathy
http://mommygrowingup.blogspot.com/

Ali's Answers said...

What a beautiful post and wonderful way to share you stories. Thank you for visiting. I am following back and look forward to reading more memories.

Judy Haughton-James said...

Hi Ali,
Greetings from Jamaica! Thank you very much for visiting my Blog and becoming a Follower and writing these comments. Take care and all the very best to you.
Judy

Judy Haughton-James said...

Hi Katya kate,
Thank you so much for becoming a Follower and writing these comments. All the very best to you.
Judy

Stephanie of Gumdrop Pass said...

Hi Judy,

I just wanted to stop by and thank you for your sweet comment and for following me. I'm returning the favor as your newest follower! :)

I just LOVE your blog - what you're doing here is really something special. I really do look forward to reading more from you! :)

Judy Haughton-James said...

Thank you so much Stephanie! You have brightened my Sunday. Take care and enjoy the rest of your Sunday.

Dean J. Baker said...

good to see your blog

**christina** said...

That's a nice picture, so pretty :)
I'm following you back, thanks for stopping by.

Judy Haughton-James said...

Thank you very much Dean!

Judy Haughton-James said...

Thank you very much **cristina.** Take care.

Karen Pokras Toz said...

Hi Judy - what a wonderful surprise to get something so treasured & full of special memories!
Karen

Judy Haughton-James said...

A wonderful surprise indeed Karen! Have a great week.

Mamalou said...

Thanks for the follow and I am following back. It is always so nice to see pictures that we didn't know existed. Such a wonderful surprise and trigger of great memories. http://mamalousgems.blogspot.com/

Judy Haughton-James said...

A great surprise with wonderful memories indeed! Thanks Mamalou.

Cori said...

Beautiful photo and thanks for sharing your story! I nanny for triplets currently and have been a nanny for multiples for the past 12 years. However over many many families, I have only watched one set of identicals. Pretty stinkin' amazing!!

I'm your newest follower!!

Judy Haughton-James said...

Thanks a lot Cori! Have a wonderful week!

Jodi Chapman - Soul Speak said...

What a nice gift! This is a great picture of the two of you! :)

Judy Haughton-James said...

Thanks Jodi! Take care.

Heather Nelsen said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, but am so glad you are able to hold on to the happy memories. I hope you have a great weekend in Jamaica! We plan to here in Atlanta! :)

Judy Haughton-James said...

Thank you so much Heather. We plan on having more birthday celebrations with our mom. Have a whale of a time in Atlanta!

Nicole weaver said...

Hi Judy,

Thanks for joining my blog. I am so very sorry you lost your twin sister. The picture of you two is so precious. I have a new book coming out soon called MY SISTER IS MY BEST FRIEND. The book is about twin sisters doing everything together. Twins are very special.
I am following you back.
Nicole Weaver
http://mysisterismybestfriend.blogspot.com
http://mybirthdayiseptembereleven.blogspot.com

Judy Haughton-James said...

Hi Nicole,
Thank you very much for your comments. Your book that will be published soon sounds great! I love the title! I wish you success with it. Take care and have a good week.
Judy

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