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Minus The Rubber Duckie by FreakyLaurent Minus The Rubber Duckie by FreakyLaurent
June 2009

Chadd giving his gramps a bath.

Hollard to me & quickly grab the camera !

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Daily Deviation

Given 2010-05-15
Minus The Rubber Duckie by =FreakyLaurent

I recently spent time with my elderly, ailing grandparents. Every morning and evening, carers come to give my grandfather a shower and assist with what needs doing. We all joked that his girlfriends were coming to see him. Given the here understated seriousness of their respective conditions, it was and is a harrowing time for all involved.

The selection of this piece as a Daily Deviation may rub some of you the wrong way, and I'm aware of that. I understand that it isn't the best photograph that's ever been taken, and, indeed, that gave me pause in the decision. However, in the end, I did not select this piece for its technical quality, but for its humanity and endearing subject. I know it will speak to many of you out there as it did me.

It highlights a small group of people in this world that do the work of angels, and they deserve all the thanks, recognition, and support that we can give them. So, to carers, everywhere, I thank you most sincerely.

Suggester's comment: "You might consider those people with tattoo and hardrock style as stone heart people, but seeing this moment will crash into your heart and change your mind. I am sure you all will love this photo and think about it." ( Suggested by Farbod21889 and Featured by OpalMist )
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I think this is one of a chosen few DD's that are so very deserving. My grandpa died this year and it hit me hard.
I only have one surviving grandparent left and I am 34.
The look on your grandads face says a thousand words. Love,Pride,Joy,just to name a few. They are the ones who lived through the great depression, world wars, they have so much to give and we so much to learn. I applaud you for the love and tenderness this picture shows. These are the pictures that you have to remember every part of that day by. Much love and light to you and your family.
If you have time keep me posted on how he is doing.
Tell him I sent him a kiss on the forhead and I have on red lipstick. :hug:

I live in Ky and Hospice Caregivers were incredible in our hour of need. I also applaud all caregivers for their work and loving dedication.

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BIOHAZARD-89 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This moved my heart :)
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farand Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
This is such an awesome photograph. :happycry:
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FreakyLaurent Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Professional Photographer
It still is
Once a DD
Thanks
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Rabh17 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
I myself have been down that road.

This picture shows unadulterated care between a Grown Man and His Grandpa.

If you felt a Tear...let it flow.
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blackvragor Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This really hit home with me.

Very great.
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spooksies Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
my uncle is currently stuck to the bed. sponge baths are the only way to help him now. he cant get up outta bed. so this pic is very moving. gramps can still do things, some others cant anymore since they close to letting go.

may you have a great many days more with your family.
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ellie1980 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This photo melts my heart. It is so touching. Gramps is such a cutie in this pic!
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customcartoons Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012   Traditional Artist
That is a picture of a good, good man. ^_^ Bless you and your family, sir.
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OPTILUX Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
How true
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mobile707 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011
That is a powerful image with a powerful story.

But I feel like an intruder when I look at it. Like I'm stealing some of the intimacy that belongs to other people...
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