PS I love you.

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© Andrea Petersen
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Thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age. Genesis 15:15

This is the fun loving Dad I like to remember in a scanned candid print that I shot of him in June of 1992...We placed this balloon in his hand at a store where we had been shopping with my folks when they came to visit us shortly before Father's Day of that year.

Dad passed away in 2003 at 95 years old from complications of a stroke that he suffered in 2002. The stroke sadly changed his whole personality and he was never the same again....but I have many good memories of him that I hold dear to my heart.

Life is fragile, but love lives on long after death. I love you Daddy and I wish
I would have told you that while you were still alive.

13 responses

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (19 Jun 2011):

    Such a sweet photo and loving tribute to your Dad, Andrea! The balloon says it all, doesn't it..

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (19 Jun 2011):

    Thank you Heather...Yes, indeed the balloon says it all..

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (20 Jun 2011):

    A fine specimen of a man. Hands, eyes, expression -- all exude both tenderness and strength.

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (20 Jun 2011):

    I'm quite sure, even if you didn't actually say the words, that your Dad knew!! A wonderful shot and tribute.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (20 Jun 2011):

    This really grabs my heart Andrea. My father's strokes have changed him so much that I rarely see the father that I loved so much. He is here, but he is not. This is a wonderful tribute and a treasure of a portrait.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (20 Jun 2011):

    Thank you everyone...I so understand what you mean, Regenia...Strokes can
    really do a number ...everything changes..even to the vocabulary of using words that Dad never used before...His voice became lower and more dramatic. It was like someone else had stepped in and took over his whole being...The hobbies he was interested in before his stroke such as wood carving he lost his ability to do again. The hardest part was his frustrations that he couldn't control ...We took care of him for 6 months and it was difficult
    as often he would take his temper out on us, but he couldn't help it as the stroke took away part of his brain...It was heart breaking for him and for us. God rest his soul. I know he is at peace now where there is no more pain & suffering. The memories of the good times are the ones that matter most.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (20 Jun 2011):

    Getting old is sad and difficult and looking after those who are aging with difficulty is heartbreaking!

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (21 Jun 2011):

    A lovely shot to remember him by.... my Dad also died from a stroke and I know what you mean about the personality change, he was not the man we knew and loved... the sad thing is this is how my children remember him!

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (21 Jun 2011):

    Your Dad had a lovely kind face and gentle eyes..

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (21 Jun 2011):

    I really love this portrait of your dad, Andrea. We've had several family members succumb to a stroke, but before that they were different and at times not so kind or happy. I'm sure your beloved Dad knew you loved sow seeds of love in all that you do, of course he saw that. I'm reminded of one of my favorite scriptures when I remember my own dad and the suffering he endured at the end.....Revelations 21:4 ~ And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (21 Jun 2011):

    Your words are very kind and from going through this experience with my own father I understand what it is like for others who have had this happen to them with their loved ones. In the beginning stages of Dad's stroke he went through rehabilitation to learn how to walk all over again and with sheer determination he succeeded...We kept after him to do his exercises after he came home but I think he did much better under the structured care of the physical therapists who he had a lot of respect for. I am very happy that he cooperated for these trained people who worked so hard to get him better.

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (24 Jun 2011):

    This is a wonderful photo and tribute to your Dad. Actions can speak louder than words and I am sure that he knew you loved him through your actions.

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (25 Jun 2011):

    This is a wonderful portrait of your dad, as he was before his stroke. I am glad that you have it to remind you of the nice times before. He knew you loved him, Andrea.

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