This heart-wrenchingly beautiful, handmade memorial was constructed for a child whose life was cut short in 1982 prior to his first birthday. Although time has not been kind to it in a physical sense over the past 29 years, I could still feel the love of the family and the intensity of the loss so very clearly.
I had mixed feelings about photographing this memorial and posting it on this blog, and it is certainly not my intention to be exploitative in any way. But sometimes an emotionally charged setting can reaffirm truths that are easily forgotten.
As I stood there looking at this scene it made me realize as if for the first time how precious life is, and how thankful we should all be each and every day to have the opportunity to spend time with the ones we love.