Two years ago I posted this wonderful photo of Slim Aarons and his daughter Mary taken on Memorial Day. Much to my delight, Mary emailed me to share more information about this photo and her father.
“Your timing of this photo is quite fitting. My dad died the day after Memorial Day. Oh how he loved his window boxes. Each week he would spend hours planting geraniums and vinca. Even though he is on the other side of the camera, don’t think he did not have a hand in orchestrating that photo.”
In addition to his celebrated status as a society photographer, Aarons enlisted in the U.S. Army at the age of 23. He served as a combat photographer in World War II, earning a Purple Heart.
Since posting this photo Mary and I have become online friends and ‘modern’ day pen pals. What I love most about blogging is the wonderful people whom I have encountered and the fabulous friendships that developed. After a long distance friendship Mary and I thought that it would be fun to meet in person. What could be more appropriate than Memorial Day weekend? I am so happy to have been invited and to have made the trip.
Thank you Mary, Robert and Rita for hosting me and treating me to such a lovely weekend, my first stateside Memorial Day weekend in 5 years. I will be thinking of everyone today as you attend parades, picnics and memorial services to remember and honor our military men and women who have died in battle.
Top Photo by Lorita “Rita” Dewart Aarons (1968 or 1969).