GOD BL S OUR HOME

Throughout her life, my grandmother produced hundreds of masterpieces of Palestinian authentic embroidery pieces. Functional and decorative and ranging from small napkins to dining table covers. However, what has become my favorite piece from all her works is an uncompleted piece that I found laying in the bottom of one of her drawers.

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I remember as a child, and after her eye sight became weaker, transposing embroidery patterns for her on square grid paper. Everyday she would have some time set aside to work on her latest piece. My guess is that this piece is one of her latest works where she made a mistake in calculating how much space is needed for BLESS. I’m not sure why she didn’t attempt to correct it? However, with her needle still there I would guess it maybe her last piece.. which makes it so precious and so dear to me.

She was the blessing of our home and not a day goes by that I don’t miss her, her smile, and the blessings she brought into our lives. RIP Tata Badia’a.

–Jack Rabah

My grandmother’s African Violets…

There are few people who touch our lives in such a way that we can never stop thinking of them, even after they pass away… You recall them for so many different reasons … For the how amazing they were, for their beliefs, and how much they affected the lives of people around them.

Growing up, I remember how house ladies were always busy with this and that around the house, but somehow, between the cooking and cleaning and other chores, they found some time to care for their small gardens or the plant pots hanging around their homes. Oh how proud they were when their plants blossomed and grew! Oh, how eager they were to show off the 5 different colors of African Violets which they managed to grow. They took African Violet leafs from each other and put them in water until they were ready to plant to add another color to their collection.

My grandmother Badia’a loved her garden and plants. Everyday she weeded them, watered them, and made sure they are at their best. Her dedication was not limited to her plants, but included so many other aspects of her life. Her family, her social activities, her service to the community, and the beautiful embroideries she made. She will always be in my heart and in my thoughts.

Last night, during a gathering with some cousins, I remembered how much she liked us to be social, to love each other, and to keep strong ties with each other. I remember her singing the wedding songs. I remember her listening to me chant at church. I see her face smiling at me every day when I see the blossoming pots of African Violets she planted for us at my home office. You will always be remembered my dearest grandmother!

African Violets

African Violets

African Violets Macro Shot

African Violets Macro Shot

African Violets Macro Shot

African Violets Macro Shot

African Violets Macro Shot

African Violets Macro Shot

African Violets Macro Shot

African Violets Macro Shot

— Jack Rabah

ps. The macro shots are test shots done with Canon 7d, Canon EF 100mm macro f/2.8 lens, extension tubes, and ring flash.