52 Week Challenge

52 Weeks of Susan's Life

Week 2 – #37 Senior Hands


Elderly Hands, Senior Hands

This morning I decided to surprise my Mom and take her out to breakfast after I attended 7:30 AM Mass. Her assisted living facility is just minutes away from my church.  I normally call her in advance but in reality, she doesn’t remember that we were supposed to go out so stopping there is the same as calling in advance :).  This morning she was very sleepy and still in bed reading her prayer book. I had my camera with me so I quietly took it out and snapped a photo of her with the “senior hands” category challenge in the back of my mind.  When I got home to process the photo, I noticed that the page that she was reading was referring to God’s hands and touch which I found very prophetic.  My Mom has always been a deeply religious woman.  A mother of 9 children, losing one daughter to a tragic accident and another to mental health, a two time cancer survivor, and an extremely talented artist, photographer and writer.  She has been published in the New York Times twice and has many art awards and writing awards.  Raising 9 children forced her to postpone most of these interests until her later years because being a wonderful mother was always her first priority.  My Dad passed away 17 years ago and our family was worried about her ability to be on her own.  My mother is strong and has more than proven that she is an incredible survivor.  She will turn 96 on August 9th.  Happy Birthday Mom and even if we didn’t get to go out to breakfast this morning we still had some quality time.

Author: susanbeausang

I moved to Sarasota FL 15 years ago from Philadelphia PA. Shortly before my relocation to Florida I was diagnosed with Alopecia Areata which is an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss. At the time, I didn't understand how this diagnosis would change the course of my life in a very significant manner. Living with hair loss in an appearance driven culture is a challenge I had difficulty returning to my life as I knew it. After a period of adjustment, I decided to try and turn something negative into something positive. I've always considered myself a fashionable and active person. I very quickly discovered that there were few if any, fashionable headwear options for women who choose not to hide behind a wig. I dusted off my Fashion design degree and created a fashion forward option for women who were experiencing hair loss. My creation attempted to bridge the gap between fashion and that of medical hair loss. The beaubeau scarf was created and currently holds 2 US patents on the design. I've been providing fashionable headwear to women all over the world for the past 10 years. So how did I become interested in Photography? My Mom is a very talented photographer from the "film age". I've been blessed to have her influence. I never took the time to really concentrate on photography; opting for sports and most recently my business. My business requires quite a bit of photography so several years ago, I decided to do my own photography and a hobby and passion was born. I'm blessed to have 4 wonderful sons that live in interesting places. Due to time constraints, my travel is limited to visiting family and grand kids but what wonderful subjects! One never knows where a passion will lead you in life but I love taking pictures and discovering the world from the perspective of a camera lens.

10 thoughts on “Week 2 – #37 Senior Hands

  1. Very nice tribute and photo.

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  2. Loved your story. Having known your Mom, I can honestly say that she is the most verisified, creative artist I have ever met! You no doubt are following in her footsteps. Bless you both!


  3. A good memory and sweet story

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  4. Beautiful Susan, brought a few tears to my eyes.

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  5. Beautifully said Susan, what a full life, wonderful photo .

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  6. What a touching post! Your Mom sounds like an amazing woman…

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  7. My mother-in-law turns 96 this Sunday, the 20th. I was thinking of getting a photo of her hands, as well. Their hands sure tell a story, don’t they? I appreciate what you’ve shared here.

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  8. Lovely photo and story. Thank you for sharing it. I am more aware of coincidences in prayers and thoughts these days.

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  9. Sorry, I am just now getting to reviewing submissions of everyone, so catching up. This is a nice documentary of the person’s life – hands.


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