I thought I’d take a break from birds (not that I didn’t take hummingbird photos on Friday – I did) and a break from my latest project, decluttering my house. I took three full carloads of clutter to the SPCA Thrift Store, and that is just the tip of the iceberg. To offer a bit of variety to my blog topics, I finally took a look at my Flickr Daily Challenge group topics. I’ve been so busy with so many things lately that I’ve neglected my Flickr group which has for years, supplied me with ideas for my daily blog photos. A quick check and I realized I had already unknowingly met one of the challenges from a couple days ago, Multiples, with my More Bathing Bushies post. Another recent topic was Fragile and it brought to mind a book called The Primer that my mother used herself in 1923 when she was about 6 years old, the age at which children used to begin to learn to read. I have had possession of this book for as long as I can remember and I know all of its stories and vintage illustrations well, probably as well as the Dick and Jane series that taught me to read. And it is apparent that I had possession of it as a young child because there are red crayon and pencil scribbles throughout the pages along with the occasional awkwardly crayoned word. The pages are frayed and yellowed and torn and taped together in several places with yellowing cellophane tape that has cracked over time. Both the book and its repairs are quite fragile. And I didn’t consider it clutter so I kept it.
I processed the photo using Perfect Effects 9 to add an even more fragile and vintage look to the pages.