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When my mum died in 2005 it was just a week before Mothering Sunday.
I felt lost without her and bought a card that she would have liked and wrote it for Dad to thank him for all he had done for her.
"I think today belongs to you" I wrote. Its a day for me to say "thank you" for all your love and care for my Mum through all the years, but especially the years since her stroke.
One of the little things that dad did was to put her earrings in in the morning and then take them out before she went to bed, leaving them on white paper on the table so that they would show up well the next morning.
Its the little things that we so easily forget or don't even notice. So when I saw these words on the pavement in Kings Heath last week I immediately thought that's going into my Mothering Sunday image.
Mothering Sunday is always a mixed bag of emotions - for some have not been able to become mothers, some have had poor relationships with their own mother. Others still are not fulfilled as mothers, or have recently lost them.
At church on Sunday there will be flowers for all females, mothers or not, so no one is excluded
If you still have a Mum, remember the little things that make her special to you.
Helen

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 450D
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:7 Mar 2013 - 10:10 AM
Focal Length:55mm
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Title:For Mum
Username:helenlinda helenlinda
Uploaded:9 Mar 2013 - 1:55 AM
Tags:2013, Digital art, Digitally manipulated, Mothering sunday, Nature, Photo journalism
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paskinmj
paskinmj  6 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2013 - 2:07 AM

Nice macro.
Matt

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ColleenA
ColleenA Plus Member 3302 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2013 - 4:02 AM

A great image and wonderful words.... you have made me cry as your words are so true.. I never became a mother so will never know what its like, my mom is 84 and so frail and I only see her a few times a year...........

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Hermanus
Hermanus  3 South Africa
9 Mar 2013 - 4:02 AM

This is a lovely photo and write up Helen ! My mom died the day after mother's day in 2009 - so I had the priviledge of spoiling her the day before she went home Smile

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pascalg Plus Member 837 forum postspascalg vcard France
9 Mar 2013 - 5:18 AM

this is beautiful...

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CarolG Plus Member 8185 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2013 - 5:53 AM

Wonderful words that brought a lump to my throat when I read them, Helen. It is a sad time for those of us who have lost our mothers, but we must feed on the happy memories. Carol

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Ray42
Ray42  7 England3 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2013 - 6:39 AM

Beautiful thoughts

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andylea
andylea  637 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2013 - 6:44 AM

wonderful words helen wonderful image Wink
andy

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annettep38 Plus Member 4204 forum postsannettep38 vcard Costa Rica34 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2013 - 7:06 AM

Very touching thoughts!

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marktc Plus Member 485 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom14 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2013 - 7:56 AM

A wonderful sentiment Helen!

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 Plus Member 51384 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England146 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2013 - 7:59 AM

Beautifully said, Helen.

Dave

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nonur Plus Member 6nonur vcard Turkey9 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2013 - 8:29 AM

A great tribute, and so lovely. It relates to women as it has connotations with the famous French head gear and symbol, and also the food. Clever and so beautiful.

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netta1234 Plus Member 3252 forum postsnetta1234 vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2013 - 8:54 AM

Wonderful words and a wonderful image Helen.
I used to say to my boys if they were a little bit cheeky to me,
Remember boys "you can get as many wives as you like in your life,
But you only get one Mother Smile
NettaSmile

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Philip_H
Philip_H  3 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2013 - 9:39 AM

Lovely image, words and thoughts, Helen.

P.

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saeidNL  5 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2013 - 9:50 AM

Another fantastic and great work,love it,
saeid

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DeSilver
DeSilver Plus Member 7DeSilver vcard England11 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2013 - 10:31 AM

Lovely image and even better words. (No offence meant) Its nice to remember someone you have lost with such fond memories. As long as you remember her she has not gone but will be with you forever.


David.

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Rende Plus Member 837 forum postsRende vcard Netherlands4 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2013 - 11:12 AM

Beautiful image and a lovely and thoughtful write up Helen.
Rende

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Herge88 Plus Member 840 forum postsHerge88 vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2013 - 11:25 AM

A very nice Mothers day tribute here.

Best Matt

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pluckyfilly Plus Member 8343 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2013 - 11:30 AM

Such a beautiful sentiment Helen accompanied by a great picture and words so true

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9 Mar 2013 - 11:42 AM


Quote: Wonderful words that brought a lump to my throat when I read them, Helen. It is a sad time for those of us who have lost our mothers, but we must feed on the happy memories. Carol

I am glad Carol wrote that.......... I can hardly see the keyboard.
Diane

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Irishkate Plus Member 432 forum postsIrishkate vcard United Kingdom84 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2013 - 11:53 AM

A very thought provoking image Helen.
Sadly my mother died many years ago, but I'm the oldest of seven children
so she lives on in us all.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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lonely_oryx
9 Mar 2013 - 12:02 PM

Lovely text

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9 Mar 2013 - 12:07 PM

My daughter says that one day is not enough - Im her Mum each and every day. But it is nice to be remembered and also to remember your own Mum when she is no longer with you.
Joan.

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9 Mar 2013 - 12:12 PM

I will, a lovely write up

Peter

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 8751 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1243 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2013 - 1:28 PM

Amen to the above.
I always get a card from Sarah addressed to Mummy Wooldridge, the postman must be used to it by now.
I don't do a card myself, since Mothering Sunday gave way to the card industry's creation of Mother's Day. But I received wonderful news yesterday - my mother who has been poorly is on the mend and thinks she'll be able to attend Sarah's wedding.
Moira

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9 Mar 2013 - 1:53 PM

Beautifully said Helen!
Ann

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TrevBatWCC Plus Member 7TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2013 - 2:09 PM

A wonderful capture and presentation, Helen, and a fine tribute to your mum Wink
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saltireblue Site Moderator 54932 forum postssaltireblue vcard Norway28 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2013 - 2:55 PM

Fine sentiments, Helen and a very good tribute to your Mum.

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9 Mar 2013 - 7:03 PM

Such wonderful words from you Helen
and mean so much to so many
Lillian

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ann_g  11 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2013 - 8:10 PM

lovely, I miss my mom too Smile

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gingerdelight

A beautiful image and moving words. I feel blessed that I still have my mum (and dad).
Carol

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pamelajean Critique Team 9909 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1730 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2013 - 10:31 PM

I sorted out my shell collection yesterday, and so was drawn to your image immediately, but your narrative was more engrossing and yes I do remember the little things my mother used to do and say, I remember her 365 days of the year, and miss her lots.

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9 Mar 2013 - 11:03 PM

Nice words and work
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brownsilent Plus Member 8brownsilent vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2013 - 11:35 PM

What a lovely tribute. You're mum was lucky to have you.
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milky Plus Member 12milky vcard Wales
10 Mar 2013 - 4:51 AM

Excellent Helen--Gary

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10 Mar 2013 - 8:35 AM

Lovely words Helen, a nice image Smile
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helenlinda Plus Member 8342 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2013 - 9:19 AM

Thanks everyone for your comments SmileSmile

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Paree Plus Member 10603 forum postsParee vcard 3 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2013 - 10:47 PM

amazingly touching write up,
how thoughtful to put your mums earrings in
such a special love to do this.

paree

i still have my mum,
but for me my mothering Sunday is only on skype......

as too many miles are involved

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helenlinda Plus Member 8342 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2013 - 11:30 PM

Thanks Maureen - had my skype too today with my daughter and grandson's - isn't technology wonderful SmileSmile

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17 Mar 2013 - 9:10 AM


Quote: Beautiful image and a lovely and thoughtful write up Helen.
Rende

A lovely photo Helen , some-one else but you thought of the little things as this image goes to show .You have beautiful words too xxx

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17 Mar 2013 - 2:55 PM

Thanks Mavis Smile

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RobinF  883 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
25 Mar 2013 - 3:52 AM

I am fortunate in that I still have my Mum, your lovely words have reminded me to pay her more attention than I have lately Helen.

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helenlinda Plus Member 8342 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
25 Mar 2013 - 5:01 AM

Thank you Robin .......................and many thanks for your User Award SmileSmile

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