She was a pensive little girl.

Elle était une petite fille songeuse
She was a pensive little girl

English version below the pictures

Le 27 Août dernier nous avons fêté le 18ème anniversaire de Sarah, notre petite-fille qui vit en Angleterre (photo de Sarah ci-dessous)


Last August 27 we celebrated the 18th birthday of our granddaughter  who lives in England ( Photo of Sarah above )

Cette photo de Sarah m’ a fait immédiatement  penser à une entrée de  Xanga  de 2002 où j’ avais posté une photo d’elle prise l’ année précédente quand elle avait 2 ans et demi . Pourquoi cette photo ? Tout simplement parce qu’elle me disait beaucoup et que je la trouvais belle . J’avais intitulé  le post «  Petite fille songeuse «

2016-sarah-en-2001This photo of Sarah immediately made me think of an entry of Xanga in 2002 with only a picture of her taken the year before . She was 2 and half year old . Why this photo? Simply because this photo  was talking much to me and I thought it was a good one. I titled the post “pensive little girl”.

Je n’ étais pas le seul à être inspiré par cette photo , une artiste américaine l’ était  aussi , Gail Garrett qui spontanément en fit un fusain qu’elle nous envoya à Amiens  . Je viens de prendre une photo de ce fusain mais avec le verre dessus et le flash ce fut assez difficile d’avoir un parfait rendu.


Sarah, 2 and half years old, charcoal by Gail Garrett 2002

 I was  not alone to be inspired by this photo , an American artist too, Gail Garrett , who spontaneaously made a charcoal that she sent to us in Amiens. I have just tried to take  a photo but with the glass  and the flash this photo does not  make really justice of her work .

Nous sommes toujours émerveillés de voir la croissance de l’ être humain et l’épanouissement de sa beauté. Et cette beauté comme le coeur ne vieillit pas.

We are always amazed at the growth of the human being and development of its beauty. And this beauty as the heart does not age


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63 Responses to She was a pensive little girl.

  1. Wow – the pensive little girl has grown up to be a very beautiful woman.

  2. KB says:

    She is lovely, both now and then. She has soulful eyes.

  3. The photos and artwork are beautiful, as the model was—and is— beautiful. I like the word “pensive” for the little girl. She looks like what we call “an old soul.” The older girl almost looks “younger” in some way, than the little girl. It reminds me of what Pablo Picasso said: “It takes a long time to become young.”

    • “It reminds me of what Pablo Picasso said: “It takes a long time to become young.” I like this quote , Cynthia .If I remember well Picasso became more and more productive in his old times .
      This being said I think our soul is always young .

  4. Heartafire says:

    I adore what Cynthia Jobin has said regarding the girl in the picture. Such a beautiful child and now a lovely young woman. I am not surprised that the photograph of this delightful child caught the eye of the artist, and such a beautiful job she did catching the wide eyed thought provoking expression and spirit. . You must be so proud Michel. Thank you for sharing with us. Love, Holly ❤

  5. blb1 says:

    The first thing to catch my eye in the first photo is her eyes. As a child the curls immediately caught my eye. The charcoal was an excellent take on her photo. 🙂

  6. cocosangel says:

    Michel, you have a beautiful granddaughter. As a grandfather, I can understand why you are so proud of her. One of the things about being grandparents is, watching them grow. ❤ ❤ 🙂

  7. What a beautiful post. And you’re right the beauty of the heart does not age. Peace.

  8. puffpop says:

    Such a beautiful young lady. The photos , both of the 2 year old and the 18 year old are beguiling. A lovely artistic rendition.

    The spirit never ages.

  9. Connie T says:

    She is very pretty.

  10. guestbrief says:

    beautiful!! I love the girl’s photo and Gail’s painting is very nice!! You must be very proud of her! ❤

  11. She is so beautiful, Michel! I can still see the pondering and her thoughtfulness in her eyes!
    Her younger-years photo and the charcoal drawing are wonderful!
    I often wonder what the little ones are thinking…and I love that often they are so outgoing and honest, they tell me! 🙂
    Don’t we all feel young in our hearts? I know I do! 🙂
    HUGS!!! 🙂

  12. L. Gail says:

    She has turned out to be a beautiful young lady.
    Thank you for sharing my charcoal drawing.

  13. jstnotherday says:

    Amazing how, I think the expression is caught in the photo of the 18 year old, just the same as it was in the small child.
    What a beautiful young lady.

  14. Yvonne says:

    She looks to be not only beautiful in the flesh, but in the soul.

  15. suester7 says:

    Your granddaughter has grown into a lovely young woman, Michel!

  16. Isabel Capillas says:

    She’s so pretty❤

  17. Cheri Herald says:

    Just lovely. I miss Xanga. those were very good times.

  18. A beautiful post of a beautiful little girl with impressive yes. Thanks for sharing. ❤

  19. What a wonderful thing for Gail Garrett to do! The kind acts of people are very heartwarming and inspiring!

  20. iampeacenow says:

    Your pensive little girl is a very lovely young lady! Belated Happy Birthday! The charcoal is wonderful. What a lovely gift to receive 🙂
    peace & love

  21. Marion says:

    Sarah was a beautiful little girl, and a beautiful teenager! How times change, day by day, week by week, life around us changes. Next thing we realise children have become adults! I remember when you wrote this blog in Xanga, Michel. ❤

  22. mcbery says:

    She’s beautiful. Love the charcoal! Blessings to her and also to you! God grand you a wonderful week!

  23. mlbncsga says:

    Mornin Glorie! How fast time flys! my youngest daughter is Sarah also, they look quite similar…Beautiful inside and out!!!! ILYM

  24. She is absolutely beautiful.

  25. Barbara Lenhard says:

    She is a beautiful young lady and the charcoal drawing that Gail did for you is lovely! Hope you are having a beautiful weekend, Michel! 💕

  26. Susa says:

    It is amazing to me to see such talent, both in the photograph and in the charcoal sketch. Both of them so striking and capturing a fleeting flash of expression. She has certainly grown into a lovely young lady!

  27. ruth7933 says:

    She is beautiful and such a stunning painting. Have a good week ahead Michel.

  28. onedanyankee says:

    She was a beautiful child, and as is the way of the world, she has grown into a young woman. It’s always intriguing how a person can change so over the quickly passing years, yet exhibit the same beauty in a face almost entirely different. The pictures and drawing are very well done, Michel. I hope you are well.

  29. Cath Singapore Girl says:

    Gorgeous! She is a reminder of how amazing and beautiful God is! I have an idea… would your family members be interested to say something on your WordPress? I think it will be very interesting… Haha… 🙂

  30. julie essex says:

    A lovely drawing and photograph of the young Sarah and of the grown up Sarah. How time as past so quickly. Is she going to university ? Alice has just started to apply for her place at university for next year. Louise and her have visited one of the university that she wants to go too. Alice wants to study ” game ” and visual arts

  31. Zakiah says:

    She is adorable, Michel! A beauty at all ages! I can see how proud you are of her! and of course all your grandchildren.

  32. bernard25 says:

    Bonjour MICHEL prends le temps
    D’aimer,de rire,de pleurer
    De lire , d’écouter l’intelligence
    De penser ,de jouer cela rappelle notre enfance
    De rêver , surtout de vivre car le temps passe vite
    Et surtout le bonheur d avoir des amis ou amies
    Je te souhaite une belle journée , une belle semaine

    Belle semaine aussi à tes amis et amies , à ta famille et tous ceux qui de l importance pour toi

    Gros bisous.

    Bon anniversaire à ta petite fille mais grande par l’âge avec du retard , elle est super jolie quelle soit heureuse

  33. AM says:

    Très jolie enfant et très jolie jeune dame. Meilleurs voeux pour ses 18 ans 💕!
    Bonheur pour elle et sa famille et ses amis.

  34. L. Marie says:

    Happy birthday to your granddaughter. She was indeed pensive in the photo. But she looks happy now. 🙂
    What a great painting!

  35. cuteandcurls says:

    Firstly bonjour Michel 😊 its been a long time, i know but you and your wife are always in my thoughts. Secondly your granddaughter is absolutely beautiful, she is such a lil cherub with her curly hair when little but look at her now..jolie!! Her eyes speak!
    Reading your blog made me realised how much my Isabella has grown will be amazed Michel..shes only 5 and shes already up till my waist..yes im so petite 😄

  36. Larry says:

    Both pictures of Sarah are lovely, Michel, of yesterday and today. A belated happy 18th to your beautiful granddaughter!

  37. maheggo says:

    Beautiful grand daughter, beautiful art, she grew up well. But had it really been that long?!?

  38. angela says:

    I LOVE the painting Gail did for you!!!! and yes it’s amazing how quickly time flies and kids grow up. i cannot believe that isla’s already 7! she is beautiful and like her, we wish we were still living in britain. reminds me of how lots of people used to use xanga and write blogs instead of facebook, etc. much love to you dear friend!! xxxooo ❤ angela

  39. I love this: “We are always amazed at the growth of the human being and development of its beauty. And this beauty as the heart does not age.”

    You are so poetic. She is a lovely, young woman. God bless and keep her. ❤️

  40. maidyk says:

    elle est magnifique votre petite fille !

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