52 weeks with Carolyn

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Week 1 #37 Senior Hands


Today marks the first week of my next 52 Week Photo Challenge.  If you are interested in reading what themes lie ahead click on the Themes 2017-2018 found at the top of the page.

These “Senior Hands” belong to my friend Esther.  She is a soft spoken, modest but spunky 90+ years young woman who moved to Florida from Connecticut 3 years ago.  Esther and I have become friends by way of a Women’s Bible Study at my church and as a member of a Women’s Book Group I host once a month.  I will never forget the day a group of us were getting to know each other and when asked, Esther said “she really didn’t have that exciting of a life”.  None of us believed her and upon questioned her further, she finally said “Well, I was what you call a “Rosie the Riveter” during the war.  Really? Not an exciting life??   She went on to tell us that her husband served in WW2 and flew B-17 Bombers based out of England to Europe.  Esther felt the call along with approximately 19 million women to serve our country during the war by working in factories and shipyards. These women became known as the cultural iconic “Rosie the Riveters”.  Esther worked in a Chevrolet Car Plant in New Jersey, that was converted to produce Navy F6F-5 Hellcat Fighter Planes.  12,275 planes were produced and at peak production came off the assembly lines at one an hour.  After the war she completed studies at Colombia to become a Medical Coder in hospitals.  She raised 3 daughters, and has lovingly held 3 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren with these amazing hands.



Author: CarolynEliason

I have always enjoyed photography, but with encouragemet from family and friends over the past several years I began to realize I really love it! Belonging to this blog and a local digital photo group has challenged me to look at the beauty of the world and to enjoy capturing it with my camera.

18 thoughts on “Week 1 #37 Senior Hands

  1. Lovely story carolyn and very meaningful photo. Nicely done

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  2. A lot of history was built with those hands.

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  3. You scored well with your first photo this year. Fabulous photo…Fabulous story…Fabulous Esther.

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  4. Thanks for sharing her story! It always amazes me how modest some people are (a rare trait, these days), as it seems to me that Esther has lived a very interesting and productive life. Those hands did a lot of good work….

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  5. The hands show the life lived. Nice story to go with.

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  6. What a great story Carolyn.

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  7. What a wonderful story – fascinating to read. My aunt worked in munitions in the war in England. Great photo.

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  8. So very nice of you to share this story for her. I visited the tribute to the “Rosie Riveters” in Portland Maine. It was interesting to learn their role in history. Your photo of her hands with her freckles, nail polish, and jewelry really makes a statement.

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  9. Thanks for sharing a nice story. We forget that our seniors have very interesting lives and stories to tell, only if we ask. Gary

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