Distressed. Sweet. Timeless.


Today’s word in the 365 Words in Photos challenge is distress.

1. great pain, anxiety, or sorrow; acute physical or mental suffering; affliction; trouble
2. a state of extreme necessity or misfortune
3. to dent, scratch, or stain (furniture, lumber, or the like) so as to give an appearance of age

This is a portion of a door in the attic of Bacon’s Castle, built in 1665, and home to my mother’s family in the 1920’s and 30’s.

My uncle carved (scratched) his and his future wife’s initials,  ABE + MVB, in the woodwork, sometime prior to their wedding day –  January 26, 1935.    The initials are still visible – over 75 years later.

The “definition” police may get me on this one.  I’m pretty sure his actions were not intended to give this door an appearance of age.

5 responses to “Distressed. Sweet. Timeless.

  1. Dianne, that door would look old even if Andrew hadn’t left his “calling card”! Of course, it does add to the “sweetness”.

  2. Great one ! … every time I’m in the attic there, I remember those initials.. I don’t always tell people about them, but when I know visitors appreciate family history, I do point them out…

  3. You clever girl. What a great memory! I don’t thing any of us are going to tell, but this is the Internet and I’d start making a set of visiting outfits — just in case.

    Here’s my entry. I went with the noun: http://365dwpchallenge.blogspot.com/2011/01/day-22-distress.html

  4. That’s a pretty special memory, and a great door. I great piece of family history.

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