That's my mom and me, taken a few years back. I desaturated the photo and digitally added a black frame around my page so the edges wouldn't disappear on the screen.
Clues I used to solve this Case File...Evidence: doilies, flowers, lacy borders, layers, stripes, icing, fabric; Testimony: Journal about a relationship.
Here's what I journaled on the back: Mom, you are my role model. I can only wish to be as good and kind and generous and smart as you are. You are all the things I wish I could be...strong and wise and generous and funny. You have the biggest heart. You are charismatic and people instantly love you.
Is it true that you are my road map? I hope I can reach the destination that is you. Emotionally, we are so different, I think. I am overly sensitive and wear my heart on my sleeve, where you hold all your troubles inside--to protect others, I believe. I'm a total mush-ball, and you are strong.
Biologically, my road map matches yours for sure. I've inherited so much from you--your chubby gene, your teeth, your feet, your hot flashes. But you've also given me the good part of your biological road map--everyone says I look like you, which makes me happy. And we age pretty well, don't we? (I just wish you had given me your legs.)
I love you, Mom. I hope to keep traveling that road map so that I can be as good a person as you are.
Here are some close-ups. I've got details about products I used on my blog, if you're interested: http://debbitscraps.blogspot.com/2012/05/role-model-csi-case-file-no-21.html