Photo Essay

The Ones We Love

Once in a while something happens in your life that is so tragic, so unexpected, it turns your world upside down and you don't know how you can ever go on. My "something" happened 26 years ago when my mother, drunk and in total despair, committed suicide. For months, I lived in a daze. How could she do that? What could I have done to stop her? Why didn't I see it coming? How long does it take for the pain to go away? The answers came to me 17 months later. My daughter, Sara, was born. I already had 2 boys, but there was something magical about that baby girl. She mended my heart in ways that one can only imagine. She gave me joy that I thought would be forever gone from my life. She gave me hope for the future. She filled the void that I thought would never go away. For those reasons, I chose her, not my husband, nor my sons, or any other loved ones for this story.

The memory of that horrible day will never go away and I have never been able to figure out "why", but the memory has faded and the "why" just doesn't really matter any more. Thank you, Sara, for my life.

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17 responses

  • Zerina Phillip

    Zerina Phillip gave props (28 Dec 2008):

    nice story. Wonderful photos.

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (28 Dec 2008):

    Very touching!! Great story and pics!! My vote!

  • peggy gardner

    peggy gardner gave props (28 Dec 2008):

    beautiful story, very hard to write - I know. kudos.

  • Gail Anderson

    Gail Anderson gave props (28 Dec 2008):

    voting... this is a beautiful story.

  • Lynn H

    Lynn H (Deleted) gave props (28 Dec 2008):

    Absolutely publish-worthy!!! My vote

  • Teresa Miranda

    Teresa Miranda (Deleted) gave props (28 Dec 2008):

    the love for your daughter shines through. thank you for sharing

  • Lois Martin

    Lois Martin said (28 Dec 2008):

    Thank you to all for the comments.

  • Tom Mertens

    Tom Mertens gave props (28 Dec 2008):

    A beautiful and powerful story. Thank you for sharing.

  • Karen Zimmerman

    Karen Zimmerman gave props (29 Dec 2008):

    A beautiful tribute to your daughter, and a story that is moving and painful, thank you for sharing such a personal part of your life with us.

  • Karen Zimmerman

    Karen Zimmerman said (29 Dec 2008):

    Oh, voted!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (29 Dec 2008):

    The suicide of my 19 year old brother has had a huge impact on my life so I especially find your story touching. I am so glad you have found peace in your daughter.

  • ~Mary Powell~

    ~Mary Powell~ said (30 Dec 2008):

    This is a heart string. You have my vote. Thank you for sharing. Love you both!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (30 Dec 2008):

    Yeah! It rocks!

  • sara martin

    sara martin gave props (31 Dec 2008):

    Mom that broke my heart. Turns out, we've found the best inspiration in eachother. I love you, mom. Voted.

  • Judy Wanamaker

    Judy Wanamaker (Deleted) gave props (5 Jan 2009):

    A powerful love story. What a moving and glowing tribute to your beautiful daughter. Great photos.

  • Lindsay

    Lindsay gave props (8 Jan 2009):

    great writing. heartbreaking but great. great set too.

  • Syble Brabham

    Syble Brabham said (20 Apr 2009):

    Yes these things do happen and one day we will know why.- My oldest Grandaughter and her two kids were killed in a car accident in 2004-- so I know the "Why" feelings. You have that camera and now a new little" model"so will be looking forward to those pics You do have good pics

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