Watching Over Me

Watching Over Me, originally uploaded by neocles.

A portrait of my father taken when he was a young man, probably about 1918 or so. Here it is up in my mom’s apartment in Albany CA. 2009.

It hung on the wall in the living room, in the corner, next to the door, over the couch, when we lived at 1210 Griffith Way. When I was really little, up until at least seven or eight years old or so, I was scared to be alone in the room with it at night–i felt like the eyes followed me. I surely loved my father, and i was not scared during the day, but somehow, at night everything changes.

I can’t quite bring myself to put it up in my mom’s room at the rest home. I’ll have to scan it and print a copy for her to have there.

i was holding it in my hand today, and really looking closely at it, noticing the various imperfections, damaged corners and so on. I also really noticed what a fine looking young man my father was. He was 63 when I was born, so my concept of him is, of course, of an older man. I wondered too, about his motivation for having such a portrait made of himself, at 18 or 20 years old, fresh off the boat in New York and not speaking much English at the time. Was it a simply convention to do so? Was it vanity? Was it for family?

I’ll never know.

3 Responses to “Watching Over Me”

  1. April 8, 2009 at 10:40 am

    Hi Neo – just found your blog – are you still updating it. anything new?

    • 2 neocles
      April 8, 2009 at 11:08 am

      Hi David, Glad to have you visit. The blog has been neglected. I have been too preoccupied with caring for my mom and then the job situation. But I aim to get back on it. Today!

    • 3 neocles
      April 8, 2009 at 11:26 am

      There, i did it. BTW, I hope you don’t mind my linking to yours.

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