the other evening dan & i went to our local mexican joint for a quick bite with the blue eyes. we’re regulars there, visiting at least once a week. it’s sorta a dive but has the best authentic mexican food in atlanta ( in my humble opinion). i mention that it’s sorta a dive because that’s important to the story. it’s not often that folks come in all spiffed up and snazzy.
well that particular evening, in walks a handsome older man with three beautiful women, all wearing matching gorgeous dresses. the girls and i did a collective “awwww…..how sweet are they?” followed by a ” oh, look at that precious little granny”….
we sat there and in some form of
stalking subtlely became so intrigued by them. who were they? was the oldest woman the mother of the other two? were their dresses from Guatemala?
i began to think strange things like, i wish i had my camera. they proceeded to laugh and enjoy their meal….and order a pitcher of margaritas. granny was drinking a margarita. of course granny was drinking a margarita. heaven help me.
i leaned over & asked dan if he had any of my business cards on him. madison left to meet friends for desert & i asked caroline, “when i’m in my 90′s will you promise me you’ll dress me up in a matching dress and make sure my hair is cut in a cute stylish bob? will you take me out for mexican and for crying out loud, will you buy me a pitcher of margaritas?”
( refer to above
stalker-style subtle image)
well. i couldn’t take the cuteness of the moment anymore. i see life through a lens. what can i say? so i walked up & told the gentlemen that he was clearly the luckiest man in there, sitting with three gorgeous women. we began to chat. turns out “granny” was indeed the mother of other two women. she’s 96. 96 years old, eating enchiladas and sipping a margarita.
i asked if they were local….the mother lives in my area but the daughters were visiting from out of state. i told them that i would love to take their photo but i didn’t have my camera with me, ( free of course. i don’t solicit in mexican restaurants. i promise). could i come by their home tomorrow? ( it was raining outside). one of the women was leaving early in the morning….could i meet them after dinner.
i looked at my watch. if it stopped raining, i would only have minutes, if even, to photograph them before it was too dark.
so we paid our bill & i ran home, grabbed my camera & waited for their arrival at “granny’s” home.
as soon as they arrived, i explained that i wasn’t a local weirdo. i told them that if i were out to eat with my daughters , dressed in glory, i would love my photograph taken. they laughed & smiled as “granny” got out of the car. they dolled her up with lipstick while i quickly introduced myself, to Miss Lorayne, as she informed us that she could only stand for just a moment. no time to chase the sunset for the perfect back lighting, just a quick couple snapshots before they took her inside to get settled.
the “older gentlemen” with them was chatting with caroline during my speedy photosession. when i turned around, he said to me, “when you get home, google Phil Cavarretta. you’re probably way to young to recognize the name, but Miss Lorayne’s husband was MVP ’45 for the Chicago Cubs”.
as the women, miss diana & miss patti came outside, i was going nuts. i love baseball. dan is a vault for baseball history. he was going to love this. while he was telling me about Phil’s decorated career, miss diana and miss patti were carrying a frame full of images of miss lorayne and phil in their youth.
wow. ya’ll. miss lorayne was stunning! STUNNING! she and her handsome pro-baseball husband looked like hollywood royalty. i was floored. i asked more and more about their story. miss lorayne had told her daughters she hoped to live to 100! she had only been widowed 3 years ago. a true life long love story.
i knew it. as we sat there in Los Hermanos watching the interactions of this family, i knew there was a beautiful story there…
i raced home & could hardly wait to bust in the door and tell dan about miss patti & miss diana, miss lorayne and her famous MVP hubby and their life long love story. we googled phil…dan read the names out loud, cavaretta had played in three world series against lou gehrig and joe dimaggio and the NY yankees ( dan’s from long island and a huge yankees fan). ( this was awesome!-we smiled and read more—)–In his 22-year major league career, Cavaretta compiled a .293 batting average with 95 home runs and 920 RBI. He later managed in the minor leagues from 1956 to 1958 and again from 1965 to 1972, became a coach and scout with the Tigers, and was a New York Mets organizational hitting instructor.
unreal. i love it. i love baseball. i love a story. i love mothers & daughters that dress alike & laugh together over mexican food and margaritas & i love that these beautiful women shared a glimpse of their life with me….
miss lorayne, you are still a head turning, stunning woman. 96 years young! ps- your daughters invited me to photograph your 100 year birthday party! i’m already planning my outfit! see you soon!