Happy Holidays (To Someone's Daughter)

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© JamesHarmon McQuilkin
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UploadedJanuary 20, 2010
TakenJanuary 3, 2010
MakeSony
ModelDSC-R1
Exposure1/60 sec at f/5.6
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Focal Length71.5 mm
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It's become commonplace to see these types of side-of-the-road, make-shift memorials. So many of them represent people killed, because of drunk/careless driving. Many, like this one, are the marks left on society, and more often than not, are connected to young people. Although not meant to be reminders as much as tributes, they in fact are---and should be. What parent doesn't fear the day that they receive word that it was their child that was killed? I know it is my greatest fear that I have to let go to God everyday. I can't imagine the parents that have to/choose to pass these, and others like them, heartwrenching sites. I also cringe at the thought of being the one who kills someone this way. Although I don't drink anymore, my daughter chooses to--and she must learn her lessons from her own experiences, not mine. Believe me, I tried differently. Each time I pass one of these, I say a prayer of healing for others, and gratitude for myself.

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  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (20 Jan 2010):

    a random shrine......and, you saw it ~ !!!

  • Jüri Vissak

    Jüri Vissak gave props (20 Jan 2010):

    Cool find!

  • Fred Moskey

    Fred Moskey   gave props (20 Jan 2010):

    Good photo and reminder to be alert and careful when driving. I am glad I do not have to respond to these accidents any more.

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (20 Jan 2010):

    Yes Like you we have memorials to the dead on the sides of roads in the form of white crosses. And when you see a group together it fair breaks your heart. A timely reminder to everyone to Slow Down! Thank you James.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (21 Jan 2010):

    I see them everywhere and my heart breaks for the families. Around the corner from my house in Georgia was covered in them and the city refused to put up a light. It was horrible to hear the sirens going by several times a day knowing I had family out there driving around. A terrific capture James.

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