Bat Wings

I was blow drying my hair this morning and saw something that sent chills up my spine. Two words. Bat wings. Do you understand why I was terrified?

Then I caught a glimpse of my great-grandmother's picture in the mirror. Katarina Letkeman (nee Janzen) was born in 1847 in Chortitza Colony, Russia. She immigrated with her husband and three children to Canada. Over the years she gave birth to twelve children, only six of whom lived to adulthood. She lived a hard life and died at age 63. In another post I will write more and pay tribute to this strong woman.

What struck me this morning was her dress. If she had bat wings who would have known? Really, in the grand scheme of things, I guess it's silly to be worrying about something as trivial as bat wings. But for just a moment, I was a teeny bit envious of great-grandma Letkeman.

10 comments:

Deb said...

I see a resemblence in the shape of your faces...she looked like a strong woman....

Ang said...

I agree with Deb...there is a great resemblence. I can't wait to read more about her.

Janna Qualman said...

Ack!

What an awesome story. You'll have to share more, as you promised!

Star said...

and what are bat wings? and please explain your adoption triangle?
We can only admire our ancestors, can't we. They were amazing!
Blessings, Star

Melissa Marsh said...

Our ancestors had to be so strong. My great-grandmother had an incredibly hard life, even after she came to America, where life was supposed to be easier than in Italy!

kimmirich said...

Oh, what a beautiful old photo. And like Deb, I can see the similiars. What are the bat wings sweetie?
hugs

Jody Hedlund said...

OK, I'm curious now too! I don't know what bat wings are either! You'll have to share more about it and her in your next post. She sounds fascinating!

Pat's Place said...

I am curious about bat wings also!

Terri Tiffany said...

LOL I have them too. UGh and I even try to lift weights to avoid them! When summer arrived it was OH no!!

Carmen Gamble said...

There's quite a resemblance! I have bat wings too, and I few other things I won't mention. =)