Over Easy: “Grow Old With Me…”

I love this photo, and just had to make what I am calling a “Pro-Motivator” (from the De-Motivator “do it yourself” resource)  from it.  The closeness of the seasoned trees, the way their branches intertwine, the early morning mist..absolute perfection with this quote.


Interestingly, I was sharing Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s poem “The Look” (and its accompanying explanatory verse) with the ladies at Bible study yesterday, in a discussion about Peter’s denials. 

Browning was an interesting person.  She was quite a lovely lady, half Creole.  Learned Hebrew and read the OT from start to finish in its original language.  Her desire for the poets of her time (Victorian era) was expressed this way:

We want the sense of the saturation of Christ’s blood upon the souls of our poets, that it may cry through them in answer to the ceaseless wail of the Sphinx of our humanity, expounding agony into renovation.

She was active in the Bible and Missionary societies of her time and an avid reader of works such as “Paradise Lost” and “Dante’s Inferno” (she also knew Greek).  

Browning became quite ill in her early 20’s and subsequently became addicted to morphine.  She spent the rest of her life in frailty,  and as rather a recluse.  She only “grew old” with her husband Robert (whom she married secretly at age 40) until the age of 55.

See? You learned something new today. 🙂


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