We lost Dad, we eight, in 2011; our beloved Mother, in 2015. They were 87, and 90, respectively, at the time they left us.
The other day, I read yet another tragic story of family abuse, of a father who abused his wife in front of their children.
Today, I want to say a very special and specific thank you for having been raised by a loving Dad, who never failed to show respect and love to his wife, our Mother, in front of us. Their love was constant, sprinkled with wonderful humor, cemented in respect and faith.
Our Mother was singularly devoted to Dad, and we grew in strength and faith through her example when he passed.
Thank you, Dad; thank you, Mother. We all know you are together again. We miss you, here, on Earth.
Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg
As I was growing up, having from a very young age found an appreciation for the art of writing, I began to acquire books about how to write well. From there, I began to explore self-publishing concepts. Self-publishing appealed to me greatly, and I’ve been working with the idea of it ever since I read The Publish-It-Yourself Handbook many years ago.
I am very grateful for books about writing and publishing!
Exploring ideas from other writers is invaluable in learning the art on your own.
My gratitude today is a general “thanks” to my thoughtful son and his wife, the best daughter-in-law I ever could have wished into my life!
Although I don’t often see my son and daughter-in-law and two grand-boys due to transportation and health complications, we remain close in heart with e-mail pictures and notes. A recent Mother’s Day gift box that included the boys’ painted handprints was awesome!
So, I sincerely say to all of them, “Thank you!”
I so very much appreciate all you do for me!
Roughcraft Art from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg