A Photograph

A Photograph by Shirley Toulson

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SUMMARY
The cardboard; here it refers to the photo frame; showed the speaker how  life was when the two cousin sisters went paddling; to propel or travel in a  canoe or the like by using a paddle: to row lightly or gently with oars: to move  by means of paddle wheels, as a steamer: to propel with a paddle: to spank or  beat with or as with a paddle: to stir, mix, or beat with or as with a paddle:  to convey by paddling, as a canoe: here it means walked barefoot in shallow  water; with each one of them holding the speaker’s mother’s hands. The bigger  girl of the cousin sisters must be about twelve years old. All three of them  stood still shoulder to shoulder to smile through their long hair at the camera  whose picture was taken by the uncle holding it. The mother had a sweet and  pleasant smile before her child was born into this world. The sea in which they  were paddling; which seemed to not have been changed; washed their terribly  transient; not lasting, enduring, or permanent; transitory: lasting only a short  time; existing briefly; temporary: staying only a short time: here it means  short lived; wet feet.
After twenty to thirty years later, the mother took out the photograph  and laughed at the snapshot. The two cousin sisters were Betty and Dolly. She  found it so hilarious at the manner that they dressed up for the beach. The sea  holiday was her past for the mother while it was laughter for the speaker. Both  mother and daughter wry; produced by a distortion or lopsidedness of the facial  features: abnormally bent or turned to one side; twisted; crooked: devious in  course or purpose; misdirected; contrary; perverse: distorted or perverted, as  in meaning: bitterly or disdainfully ironic or amusing; at the labored ease of  loss. But now the mother has been dead for the past few years just as one of  those cousin sisters’ lives. Out of all these circumstances, there is nothing  else left to say. The matter is closed and silence has sealed its fate.

(Courtesy: www.shvoong.com)

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