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© Thomas Wiederhold
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UploadedDecember 4, 2008
TakenJuly 16, 2008
Exposure1/60 sec at f/4
FlashRed Eye, Auto-Mode
Focal Length25 mm
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This spot is dedicated to my brave Grandson Samuel Ethan Downs, age 5. Sam,in the red shorts is shown here this past summer 2008 with his new sister and his cousins.It was to be the last photo of them all together. Sam died from complications Monday Dec 1st 2008, resulting from the rare illness he had which trapped a beautifull child in a body that would not move. He was so smart,full of humor and with an imagination that many times left me wondering if he really was "trapped" in that tiny body. He was able to use his right hand just enough to steer a wheel chair and he would chase me with it,laughing as loud as he could while we ran around folks in the mall. I am sorry for those folks we scared and nearly ran over,but I will never regret those moments!!!! Sam would play hide and seek directing everything from his perspective,he would read a book by turning pages with his toe. While he was always in pain,he did not ever know life without it so he could not imagine what it would be like! I will miss him so very much and my solace here is that I know he no longer hurts,that he is able to play and run with other children now as it was meant to be.This photo is just a simple photo we struggled to get as each child wanted to move at a different time. None of us knew how much it would mean a few short months later. Sam,, I love you and I miss you, Papa Tom

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  • Manon Boily

    Manon Boily (Deleted) gave props (10 Dec 2008):

    your picture and life with this child is very touching. love have no limit. thanks to share.

  • Lynn H

    Lynn H (Deleted) gave props (28 Feb 2009):

    I am so sorry for your loss, but so understand about the thoughts of a loved one who is no longer in pain.

  • Thomas Wiederhold

    Thomas Wiederhold said (28 Feb 2009):

    Thank You both for the very kind comments! Sam was one of kind in the purest sense of the word! I have lots of photos of him, of memories that we will always cherish.

  • Kel Casey

    Kel Casey gave props (26 May 2009):

    I'm just now seeing this. Great photo and great story. Maybe you could do a JPG "story" about Sam. He sounds like he was a wonderful boy.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (1 Jun 2009):

    Oh...Yeah! It rocks!

  • Thomas Wiederhold

    Thomas Wiederhold said (1 Jun 2009):

    Thank You both! Kel thats a great idea. Maybe I'll do it on the day we would have celebrated his 6th birthday. A final gift to him.

  • Steven Maguire

    Steven Maguire gave props (4 Jun 2009):

    Fantastic shot!!!!

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