Sunday, 29 July 2012

Growing old together


Iris has lost the ability to smile, but Twiggy doesn't mind; Iris is still Iris. To Twiggy she is. They still belong to each other. Best mates.

They spend time together every other day: they shuffle the corridors; they listen to stories. Twiggy sits at her slippers, while Iris slurps her cup of tea, waiting for the crumbs of biscuit that flutter down from the trembling lips.

It is hard to know who will toddle off first: Twiggy or her Iris.

13 comments:

Vicki said...

Wonderful studies, Julie. They really touch the heart.

Kay L. Davies said...

You are a wonderful artist with your camera, Julie.
K

Ann said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.

Mark said...

A very poignant post Julie.

Jo said...

Poignant thoughts and wonderful photography, Julie.

Joan Elizabeth said...

Sad to think of how either will get on without the other. Another lovely portrait.

brattcat said...

sigh, just a sigh.

Thérèse said...

Very touching.
You know that in France they decided to officially change the verb "grow old" into "advance into age!"
I am definitively growing old...

Carver said...

Wonderful portrait (last shot) and I also like the other one.

Jilly said...

This is so true. Dogs have a way of bridging that gap and really help old people, sick people. I recently sent a dog to Australia. A couple (sadly the husband has early onset Alzheimer's) - it was a sevon month process to reunite dog and family and she came out of quarantine last Saturday and Daisy sits happily under the husband's legs and comforts him. She's a labrador.

Kate said...

I wish that the knowledge of the value of dogs for people (of any age!) were more wide-spead. I understand people with allergies who are reluctant to be around them, but the dogs(as well as other animals) are so valuable to reduce stress and help humans in many respects. So many studies have been done and been publicized that I'm still amazed at some of the ignorance surrounding the presence of dogs, esp in public places.

Thanks for spreading the word with sensitive photos.

Ali Crehan said...

Lovely.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

No words Julie, just tears rolling down, you are amazing both with word and image.. and damn, mascara blinding me!