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June 21st is a very special day for me, it is my late mom's birthday. She left us in the year 2000, and not a day has gone by since, but she is in my thoughts, and she alway's will be. I miss her so very much, and as my life enters a new and exciting time, with a new wife and so much to look forward to, I so wish she was here to share it with me, but I am sure she is looking down on us with pride.

She was a very special lady who gave me and my
brother and sister's a wonderful life, wonderful years growing up, she gave us a foundation to live our lives in a meaningfull way and really made me and my siblings the people we are today. Most important of all, she taught me to LOOK, to SEE, and today, and for many years past, what she gave me has made me the photographer I am today.

This picture was taken at Pemount Hospital in Ireland back in 1949, by my father, who was serving in the Irish Air Corp and had just met my mother when she was a young woman about to be discharged home, after spending 4 years in the hospital recovering fron TB, at a time when over 80% of young people in Ireland with TB died. She was so fortunate, and I am of course, so grateful that she went on to give this world a wonderful family, who all share the values she gave to us.
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Jun 21 2013 05:09 GMT Foggydew
Great words, great memories!
Jun 21 2013 05:25 GMT marioalbertina
Great words, great memories also for me !........... :)
Jun 21 2013 05:32 GMT MargNZ
A pretty and couragous mother Peter ... a birthday with special meaning Peter :)
Jun 21 2013 06:39 GMT elsje323
great memories
Jun 21 2013 06:39 GMT Icandoit
great entry
Jun 21 2013 21:25 GMT ForestSpirit PRO
A touching tribute to your lovely mother.
Jun 22 2013 11:23 GMT wijnie58
Fantastic entry, Peter..:-))
Jun 23 2013 01:43 GMT porph
Yes, her brightening smile is enough for a great solstice meaning...
It's sure a bless having a great mom to be the first Luck in life, Peter!
~ Have a nice Day ~
Jun 23 2013 08:31 GMT hans55 PRO
a great memorie picture !!
Jun 23 2013 22:15 GMT larrybenedict
A very nice tribute to your Mom. She's pretty. I understand that TB is on the rise again........scary.
Jun 25 2013 05:03 GMT Annamaria
A lovely shot of your mother, peter!! Its great that you have so many lovely memories of her!!
Jul 02 2013 09:20 GMT georgygirl2
she has a lovely geniune warm smile. a lovely tribute to her peter
Jul 15 2013 08:02 GMT Wildspirit PRO
A very beautiful lady, and a fitting tribute to your mom.
Jul 18 2013 22:10 GMT calytexi
That is a great story. Four years... wow! Thank you for sharing your wonderful story and nice photo. Cherish them always and pass them down through the generations. I feel that is more important then anything else in the world!