Holding Baby Valentine I, ink/WC/Mulberry paper 37x16"
Inside the envelope containing a treasure trove of snapshots is an accordion of four snapshots. The sequence of photos shows the older sister doing her best to hold Cynthia. While the older sister's expression is tender, Cindy is not quite in her lap and her arms and legs are akimbo. It is not hard for me to imagine the difficulty of holding her sister's stiff and spastic body. When caring for sick and stiff infants, I also felt anxious and even rejection by their refusal to be calmed. Perhaps this sensitive four year old also felt rejection and resented mommy's displeasure.