This week’s photo challenge is called Unfocused. Yes, this is a picture of the moon, unfocused. But to me it’s not just an ordinary picture of an unfocused moon.
This is a picture of the moon the very evening my mom passed away last year on June 15, 2011. I have not been able to look at this at this photo or talk about it since then, for reasons of which you can probably imagine. But given that Mother’s Day is coming up next week and last night was the brightest full moon of the year, I figured it was time to share. This photo was taken during a period of my life where everything was unfocused, not just the moon.
I remember this night vividly. My mom passed at 2am. I remember waking up fully out of a comfortable sleep and losing my breath for one brief moment. I felt her pass. A few minutes a later I got a call from my sister telling me what I dreaded was true. For some strange reason I grabbed my camera and ran outside to take a picture of the moon.
Perhaps I just didn’t know what to do so I snapped some photos. Or perhaps, I instinctively knew to take this to forever remind me that as long as the moon shines, my mother will be watching over me.
To all of you who still have the joy of being here with your mother, please give her an extra big hug this Mother’s Day and remember to always appreciate the person who brought you into this world.
I miss you Mom!