Photo Essay

Sunday Supper

Sunday Supper

It's a pretty standard date. My daughter, Jordan, and I bring dinner to Mom & Dad every Sunday night.Just wanted to show my gratitude to my parents for still being here for us. Even though their bodies are failing, they have always taken care of themselves. Dad was a health addict - never drank or smoked - he walked 5 miles a day for as long as he could.People would ask me if something was wrong with him. I knew it was his form of meditation. He had me write down inspirational quotes on coloured pieces of paper that he would carry in his pocket...to read when we were out to lunch/dinner. His goal in life was to provide for his family. Recently, he goes in and out of Alzheimers( he never would have touched Red Lobster fried shrimp before....now he loves it, esp. with cocktail sauce!) & is unable to walk due to spinal stenosis. Mom had breast cancer when I was 9 years old. When she went to the hospital, Lea-lea (my other mother) told me she was having a baby....so when Mom brought home a 3 ft. talking doll, I bought the story. That's how naive I was; or maybe it was out and out denial? Anyway, it was 5 years before I accepted the fact that Mom had a masdectomy. She was bathing one day & I walked in by accident - she showed me the scar. Mom has been an inspiration for many women. She's pretty depressed these days - blind in one eye; deaf in one ear, and has shooting pains in her head. And, she is "The White Rabbit".....calling at least 3 times to ask where we are, even if it is 5:55 & we are on our way - dinner in hand! I remember always feeling safe knowing they were sleeping down the hall, while my brothers and I were growing up.....wish I could provide the same comfort for them, now.

I became a single mother when Jordan turned 1-1/2. I don't know how we would have survived it all without the support & love from them. Thank you, both.

p.s. I did take one of him enjoying those fried shrimp with cocktail sauce sort of dripping down his bib!

Dad went "Home" the day before Father' Day....06/20/2009.

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31 responses

  • John Gresham

    John Gresham said (18 May 2009):

    Thanks for sharing this story of love through trials. You will be blessed for this.

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster said (18 May 2009):

    John, thank you! Your words mean so much to me. Many Blessings, ~ Maura

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (18 May 2009):

    Touching essay and nice photos Maura

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (18 May 2009):

    Beautiful tribute to your loving parents, and some lovely shots to go with it..and I'm sure you are a great comfort to them..

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster said (18 May 2009):

    You guys are THE BEST.....thanks so much!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (18 May 2009):

    What a beautiful tribute to your parents, the photos you chose and your loving words said it all, this really makes one feel the love, well done Maura. I voted.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (18 May 2009):

    Hell...Yeah! It rocks!

  • Rob Roy

    Rob Roy (Deleted) gave props (18 May 2009):

    Fascinating photos... interesting text... Don't make it your last essay!!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (18 May 2009):

    Wondeful essay accompanied by precious photos. Great one, I wish your parents all the best..... Yeah, it rocks (as JL always say) my vote.

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes   gave props (19 May 2009):

    What a wonderful tribute to your parents and very beautiful and moving pictures. Definitely gets my vote.Thanks for sharing.

  • d s

    d s gave props (19 May 2009):

    touching story...great photos, too...68 passovers is my favorite! my vote!!

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster said (19 May 2009):

    Thank you with all my heart - what an amazing support group all of you are!!!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (19 May 2009):

    Wonderful essay with an excellent collection of pictures of your parents...My vote!

  • Jean Pierre Vacherot

    Jean Pierre Vacherot (Deleted) gave props (23 May 2009):

    Great photo essay, my vote

  • Mike Marcotte

    Mike Marcotte (Deleted) gave props (2 Jun 2009):

    great story. I enjoyed it.

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster said (7 Jun 2009):

    Thank you so much.....I am grateful.

  • Anthony Cronin

    Anthony Cronin said (10 Jun 2009):

    vry touching story, your feelings pour through. Can I suggest something though. The photos on the wall on there own are cold and just photos, make them shine with all they mean to your parents. take pictures of your parents explaining to your son who they are. A shot with your son and his grandparents with picture in hand telling the story. Ask them to play along. if one of those photos had just one of their hands with their skin aged by the years on the edge of the frame it brings it to life. This would transport the word you wrote into the image.
    your father obviously served in the army. get a globe or map or history book about that campaign take pictures of him teling the stories to his grandson . Imagine the picture your dad holding a book showing classic pictures of the campaign , old hands framing the book and then a young hand pointing to a detail on the page.
    same with your Mother's dressing table, such a story! here Era inspired by the classic B&W stars. She must have favourite stars of that time, have her show your son thm in picture books, have him have a modern DVD of her favourite movie .. the picture showing what happens in all families everywhere. The old telling the young of their most stirring memories.
    I hope this helps
    Anthony

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster said (26 Jun 2009):

    Dear Anthony, Thank you so much for taking the time to show how I can enhance my photos. I will certainly use your advice for future shots. Looking forward to viewing your # 4 soon, I hope....you are blessed with such an amazing talent!
    xo, ~ M

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi   gave props (20 Sep 2009):

    68 Christmas's here. I love your story and pictures just like they are. Its from the heart. So well done.

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi   gave props (20 Sep 2009):

    also voted... :-)

  • Dawn Duffield

    Dawn Duffield (Deleted) gave props (8 Nov 2009):

    Oh M, Such a sad and incredible story of both love and strength. You have my heart, Maura...all of the love between your parents; you ARE love.

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (9 Nov 2009):

    Back to vote!

  • Judy Wanamaker

    Judy Wanamaker (Deleted) gave props (26 Nov 2009):

    A poignant and beautiful love story. Wonderful shots too. I remember seeing these last summer. voted.

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (2 Mar 2010):

    This is so beautifully composed Maura. I can see where you get your heart of gold from, your adoring parents!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (2 Mar 2010):

    This is such a moving story. You have really touched my heart. Of course I have to vote yes.

  • Elyseo

    Elyseo said (3 Mar 2010):

    great history!!!!my vote!!

  • Zerina Phillip

    Zerina Phillip gave props (10 Mar 2010):

    A beautiful an unforgetable story.

  • Giselle Goloy

    Giselle Goloy gave props (19 Mar 2010):

    Thank you for sharing this story. It was truly written with so much love and respect.

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (25 Mar 2010):

    What an emotional story. Maura you are a wonderful daughter. I bet your Mum and Dad were and are proud of you, as you are of them. Your words bring tears. Thank you for leaving a footprint on the sand of time.

  • Yvonne Roberts

    Yvonne Roberts (Deleted) gave props (20 Apr 2010):

    What a lovely tribute to your parents.

  • Maria Mutch

    Maria Mutch (Deleted) gave props (1 May 2010):

    Maura, it's hard to express the effect of this wonderful photo essay. It has so much depth and resonance. I love what you wrote as well as the unblinkingness of the images.

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