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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 )
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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bluewhyt Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
such a sweet and emotional scene
beautiful T.T
GloomShroom Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This moved my heart :)
Farand Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
This is such an awesome photograph. :happycry:
FreakyLaurent Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Professional Photographer
It still is
Once a DD
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.
blackvragor Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This really hit home with me.

Very great.
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.
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!
customcartoons Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012   Traditional Artist
That is a picture of a good, good man. ^_^ Bless you and your family, sir.
OPTILUX Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
How true
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...
MattMan1965 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011   General Artist
Totally blown away by this picture...
FreakyLaurent Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Professional Photographer
ShadowTheDarkCat Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
*sniff* makes me sad....and happy at th same time....god...I miss my grandpa ..but I made a promise I wont cry *looks up* YOU HEAR ME OLD MAN?
mjshaner Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
This is an awesome photo... Just awesome. Makes me miss my gramps horribly. This photo is what unconditional love looks like.
sepp93 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011
WeDaWeirdos Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
Noor-al-Haqiqa Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
This is one of the most beautiful photographs I have seen.... you need to hush child and appreciate art that captures the subtleties of the human condition.

As I told my daughter the day she said slugs were ugly, They don't think you are all that hot to look at either!
FreakyLaurent Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Professional Photographer
Oh my frigging goodness ! !
Your the VERY first person to say this !
Such a narrow minded you are
It has been featured here and yes been DD
Now I can take this kind of insult and injury as well.
What a friggin weirdo !
kin37ik Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
extremely moving, so much so that i shed tears, 110% worthy of a favorite
FreakyLaurent Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011  Professional Photographer
mousehead130 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011
Raptor85 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awww this is so so extremly touching!
:heart: what a lovely photo! and your gramps looks really cute x3
Michaeldavitt Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Professional Writer
Very proud of you !
BlckAngel18 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010
its alway good to know that someone actually cares enough to help out with the elders of the family it shows you have a good heart and a kind soul
neencrochet Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010
GREAT SHOT but from coming from a caring of the elderly background I hope Gramps gave his full permission to have this taken
Pum-Land Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010
Amazing picture.
Captured the moment perfectly :)
BloodfestButterfly Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
This is just too sweet.
Nanamirio Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010
Aw.. Omg thats such a great capture. They both look so cute. :hug:
It made my night.
monstee Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010  Student Digital Artist
OMG I can't say in english perfectly whatc I wanna say about this one, amazing! This is really emotional photo o.o
kreinerr Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010  Student Digital Artist
One time i saw this photo I didn't feel anything. I even feel confused! Then I scrolled down and realised my mistake... I judged the picture without caress, without heart, without anything this picture has shown to me. Thanks for awakening me. I just want to stop shouting Grandpa.
noxfoxArts Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
That's a very nice capture of this moment, it's really touching. Maybe it touches me more for it reminds me of my father as he was in the final weeks of his life shortened by a cancer, he was still young, only 51, and yet looked so old all of a sudden. Though I miss him I don't see this as bad memories, there was pain of course but must of all there was love and that's what I see :)
Thank you very much for sharing this moment of life and congrats on the DD :hug:
RecordJockey Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010
some kids today don't appreciate their elders, I personally love this piece because I took care of my step-grandfather in this way in his final days, and I plan to do the same for my parents when they're like that ^^ I like your son for taking care of your father, that's so sweet :heart: you must be proud >w<
ellyboo2788 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010
I never comment, it's just something I don't do. But seeing this, broke me into pieces, the abundant humanity and love in it. Thank you.
Artistic-dribbles Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010
I thought this was in my favs already! Glad I found it again.
UvGirl Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010   Photographer
I really like this photo it tells a lot.
It brought me back to when I took care of my Mom who had Dementia ( Lewy Bodies ) 2nd form of Alzheimer's
I took care of her tell her dying day.
Kudos to you for putting this on DA. Thank you.
This shot is worth a million.
:) Janet
mrmd53 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you..
my room mate and I cared for her mother til the end.
She had Dementia.
st3wART Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010
Brought a tear to my eye. Very emotional and wonderful photograph!
zettixo Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010
Wow, this truly is inspirational. :)
I have an autistic brother too.
zettixo Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010
Wow, this truly is inspirational. :)
I have an autistic brother too.
UseR-MaRon-GoAnY Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This picture makes me proud those hard ass looking biker dudes, are the most kind hearted people in this world.
Makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.
Catjuschka Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
I should say somthing about but i can´t. Everything is sait.
Exitus-Acta-Probat Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
Strength and fragility, and proper love.

That is with a doubt the most emotional image I have come across on this site. Truly beautiful.
MaybeSomedayx Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010
This is one of the best pictures on DeviantART I have ever seen. It's like an emotional trip really, of memories. My grandpa is paralyzed from the waist down, since about 2006, and his senior health care nurses come to visit him and they do these things with him. It's hard, with my grandma being there watching someone else take care of him. She feels that she should do everything because she's his wife and all. However, I really like the way this made me think. I really needed to see this picture today because my grandpa has had a recent bout with pneumonia and it doesn't look so good. This reminded me that family is the most important, and may be the only sacred thing a person can have while they're here on Earth, and I applaud you, for taking the picture, and the time with your family. I would fave this a hundred times over if I could. :heart:
janahi-photography Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Professional Photographer
a very nice pic
anneliepronk Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Student Photographer
I really think its well captured :D I love the expression on grandpa's face:) One thing that i do not like that much though is that towel on the left. It is a disruption to me. Maybe crop the picture a little bit so the towel is not in the picture anymore?
But once again: well done :D
RandySouders Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
We all need a TLC now and then. It's so good to see someone treated with the love, respect and dignity they deserve. Well done!
wisekidk Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010  Student Filmographer
Congrats on the DD. I know I'm a little late though :meow:
CatAclysmArt Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
An excellent choice for a DD and a beautiful subject. I have been a neighbour and carer for both the ill and the elderly, and the heart it takes to keep smiling in the face of ceaseless deterioration full time is something I hugely admire.
englishaussie Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010
thats lovely. Your grandpa has complete trust in you. Nice photo.
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