Thursday, September 13, 2012

A picture is worth a thousand words

My daughter has been away since this past Monday.

It seems a lot longer.

It's always sort of sad to meet folks who, for whatever reason, are estranged from their children; often for decades.

I saw Mr. L., a 63 y/o, who has not seen his daughter or son for over 35 years.

He reports he and his wife had an unpleasant divorce.

She had custody and he had visitation rights but a job forced him to re-locate to Florida.

The last few times he saw his kids he felt as if they had turned against him and then days turned into months and months turned into years without any contact.

He had a number of pictures on a wall in his room at the assisted living facility where he now resides due to having had a stroke.

He informed me they were pictures of his daughter.

He found her on Facebook and luckily her pictures were not "blocked" for him to see and copy (some choose not to only allow their 'friends" to see the pictures that are posted).

He got a little teary eyed when he talked about her but he was also smiling while stating what a beautiful woman she is.

They were really nice pictures.

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