Nancy Elizabeth Morris McQuilkin

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© JamesHarmon McQuilkin
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UploadedMay 13, 2012
TakenFebruary 20, 2012
Exposure1/400 sec at f/16
FlashRed Eye, Compulsory Flash, Return light detected
Focal Length51.2 mm
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My mother deserved so much more in exchange for her endurance of such deprivation, abuse, loss, and pain. And through it all lived and worked with laughter and joy--finding the good in everything, because Christ was at the center of her soft and creative heart. She was the one I turned to, in order to emulate what she had. We were able to have closure before she passed, and we both had a good cry. I would have given my life to take her place--that last day. Some days I wake and say," I must call her today".--totally forgeting that she had passed. I believe her spirit has never left us. Thanks Momma

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  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone (Deleted) gave props (12 May 2012):

    James just a word: AWESOME !!!!!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (12 May 2012):

    BEAUTIFUL words about your mother and a great drawing : )

  • Susan B. Griffith

    Susan B. Griffith   said (13 May 2012):

    Beauty in the lessons of life your mother left you.

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (13 May 2012):

    I cannot find the words.

  • Yaz Hawkins

    Yaz Hawkins said (13 May 2012):

    Very beautiful, James!

  • Tom Mertens

    Tom Mertens gave props (13 May 2012):

    Great Mother's Day tribute!!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (13 May 2012):

    Beautiful image, powerful words, love it !

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (13 May 2012):

    love the drawing .... Nice

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (13 May 2012):

    Beautiful tribute in art and in words to your mother...

  • Shannon Burch

    Shannon Burch gave props (13 May 2012):

    beautiful words and portrait

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (14 May 2012):

    It sounds like your mother was a wonderful person; you emulate the best of her!!

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (14 May 2012):

    Wonderful way to honor your Mom James. I lost my Mom in 1999.Seems like yesterday. I HAVE picked up the phone before and dialed her number. Guess it's the days that i miss her the most.

  • Vincent J. DeSanto

    Vincent J. DeSanto gave props (15 May 2012):

    Jim, this is such a great tribute, very well done.

  • Giampaolo Lolli

    Giampaolo Lolli   gave props (16 May 2012):

    I Like Very Much!

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (16 May 2012):

    A lovely and heartfelt tribute to your mother.. I can certainly relate.. the drawing is remarkably beautiful!

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (18 May 2012):

    A moving and wonderful tribute to your lovely mother. I miss my mother too. There is comfort in knowing that it won't be that long before we will be together in a perfect place.

  • Bailey Cooper

    Bailey Cooper gave props (19 May 2012):

    Based on your words, mama did her job better than most. Where's the Kleenex?

  • John Tanner

    John Tanner gave props (21 May 2012):

    Wonderful loving tribute !!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (23 May 2012):

    A wonderful tribute to your mama. I still want to call my grandmother about the little everyday things.

  • Bailey Cooper

    Bailey Cooper said (22 Jan 2013):

    This reminds me of a Charles Bukowski verse

    A Smile To Remember

    we had goldfish and they circled around and around
    in the bowl on the table near the heavy drapes
    covering the picture window and
    my mother, always smiling, wanting us all
    to be happy, told me, 'be happy Henry!'
    and she was right: it's better to be happy if you
    but my father continued to beat her and me several times a week while
    raging inside his 6-foot-two frame because he couldn't
    understand what was attacking him from within.

    my mother, poor fish,
    wanting to be happy, beaten two or three times a
    week, telling me to be happy: 'Henry, smile!
    why don't you ever smile?'

    and then she would smile, to show me how, and it was the
    saddest smile I ever saw

    one day the goldfish died, all five of them,
    they floated on the water, on their sides, their
    eyes still open,
    and when my father got home he threw them to the cat
    there on the kitchen floor and we watched as my mother

    You almost have to be there to really 'get' it.

    Beautiful portrait of a beautiful lady.

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