Tattered Past

Tattered Past: My ongoing journey through genealogy, history, writing, self-exploration and art. ~~~ Rita Ackerman

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Today my great, great nephew, Trent, turns six months old. He was three months early and because of modern technology, great doctors, a wonderful mother, and lots of love he is doing fine.

My daughter took the photo of him holding his mother's finger when he was still to tiny to be held. I loved it so much I asked a friend to write a poem to go with it. It all fell together in a mixed-media collage I titled "Hope."

Trent is a signal of hope. Just having this baby with us gives us hope for the future. We had to have hope that he would be okay when he arrived so very early and so very tiny. We continue to have hope he won't have some of the problems premies have.

We have to have hope the world will be a better place for him to grow up. That he will be able, one day, to make a change in the world. Perhaps something big, perhaps something small. He will make a change.

We all make changes in this world. One tiny step at a time. One smile, one kind word, one moment of reaching out to someone else.

I try to perform at least one Random Act of Kindness everyday. Picture this tiny hand reaching out to his mother and all those people in the world reaching out for a bit of kindness. How can you help?

What is your hope?


  1. That is just the sweetest photo--that tiny tiny hand and you made a beautiful page.

  2. His hand is so tiny!! What beautiful art you've made Rita! I love the word "hope".

  3. Rita, I came to your blog through the ROD group; I am taking that class also. I haven't posted yet, but hope to today.
    I love what you've written about Trent and hope. I have had many health struggles over the last year and will continue to find hope in the fight. My first grandbaby, a boy, was born on 2/18! I feel such hope and joy in that. Thanks for your beautiful expression of those feelings.

  4. Oh, I meant to give you my blog: GlistenintheSunshine.blogspot.com
    I'm just getting my feet wet blogging, but it is lots of fun! I really like your blog.

  5. This is so special!! Love it!


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