This is my grandmother, Mary Davis Walker Hill Thomas on an unidentified beach, probably sometime in the 1920's (but I don't know for sure). Yes, this is the same grandmother about whom I just finished the three-part series, "My Grandmother's Loss". At the time this photo was taken, the area beaches were still segregated, so it's most likely that she was either at Sea View in Norfolk, or Ocean Breeze, in Virginia Beach. Either way, she looks like she's happy, and feeling good about herself.
Every time I see this picture, I just stare and stare at it. I never saw this carefree side of my grandmother. It does my heart good to know that my she did have "better days" before I knew her.