Xingfu Mama’s Pull up a Seat Challenge Week 22

For quite some time, I’ve been out of the loop with my favorite photo challenges. We’ve been going through a lot of traumatic changes. On October 8 of last year, my 99-year-old father in law died. I was in the middle of planning the 100th birthday party for this World War II veteran, when I found myself planning his funeral instead. Last month we sold the house that had been in our family for almost one hundred years. It the worst funerals that I’ve ever been asked to organize. I’m still having nightmares nearly every night. At any rate, life marches on and it thrills me to be able to participate in Xingfu Mama’s Pull Up a Seat Challenge!

Published by Russell Smith

I was born at the American Hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. I find inspiration in the lives of so many people from Joan of Arc to Oscar Wilde. While my primary avocation is photography, I also enjoy philosophy, theology and most of all, history. My beloved wife, Robin Anne Smith, who passed away in 2013 is an inspiration to me. My beloved partner, Dana is also a great support and inspiration to me. I'd be remiss if I did not mention my cats: Maxwell, Nigel, Pirouette and GarGar.

8 thoughts on “Xingfu Mama’s Pull up a Seat Challenge Week 22

  1. Interesting shape in the bench. The sculpture is nice too. Death, a funeral and a home sale is an awful lot to deal with. I hope that your stress ebbs away and you can find some beautiful memories for solace.

  2. I love the top photo that includes art and a seat. I’m so sorry you had to change your plans and that your father in law did not get to celebrate his 100th year with you. πŸ™πŸ™ Although he is gone, I am forever grateful for his service to our country β€πŸ€πŸ’™

    1. Thanks, Jez! Things are starting to look up. We’ve finally found an apartment. The housing market where we live is absolutely brutal, so that’s a big weight off of my shoulders. I hope that all is well with you!

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