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My favourite laptop screensaver is a photograph of you on graduation day ... your beaming smile hides an aching heart of such tragic loss as your two school friends died in your second year of study, neither living to see your smile on graduation day ... they would have been so proud of all you had achieved and my heart fills with pride that you didn’t give up studying, in fact, you were the top student and recognised internationally on graduation day ... I was proudest mother of them all! 9/12/19 Writing Challenge 2, September 2019 - The Photograph Sponsor, Dear Heart - Wiishkobi Ode

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Date: 10/3/2019 5:22:00 PM
Jan congratulations on your win in my challenge with this touching poem and what a great photo!
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Date: 10/3/2019 2:28:00 PM
A loving tale well written. Congrats on your top win.
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Date: 10/2/2019 11:05:00 PM
Impressive that your son persevered through the heartache. Your poem is very touching. Poetic hugs, Juliet.
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Date: 10/3/2019 6:35:00 AM
Thanks juliet, if it hadnt been for the parents coming to my fathers funeral to support me, I think he would probably have given up his studies. Hugs Jan xx
Date: 9/15/2019 9:11:00 AM
Beautiful
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Date: 9/17/2019 12:09:00 PM
Thanks Anna:-) hugs Jan x
Date: 9/13/2019 4:23:00 PM
It sometimes takes a bulk of years to understand death is the natural end to living and what a motivator that can be to the living, your son as well as you in composing this poem! Aloha! Rico
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Date: 9/14/2019 3:32:00 AM
thanks Rico, he is home at the moment but I won't show him this poem ... maybe one day but for now I don't want to pull him down he is in a very good place in life :-) hugs Jan xx
Date: 9/13/2019 12:42:00 PM
A tragic story Jan, your son must have been devastated, it must have been hard for him to continue but thankfully he did, it must have been such a proud moment for you when he graduated. Good luck. Tom
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Date: 9/14/2019 3:26:00 AM
it affected him so badly he wanted to give up studying - we learned a lot more about that from his lectures when we went to the award ceremony but if it hadn't been for the parents of the boys he probably would have dropped out of uni hugs Jan xx
Date: 9/13/2019 7:49:00 AM
This yanks at my heart strings. I hope the only true parts are the graduation, beaming smile and you being proud.
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Date: 9/14/2019 3:25:00 AM
I wish it had been a fiction poem but no sadly his 2 schoolfriends (brothers) died in a drugs related tragedy. I have written poems about the and their death, it rocked our world:-(https://www.poetrysoup.com/poem/ecstasy_804708https://www.poetrysoup.com/poem/jactor_project_-_your_chance_to_get_involved_645746. Hugs Jan xx
Date: 9/13/2019 7:47:00 AM
I'm so glad he continued. A sad but happy tribute. Many blessings and prayers for you.
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Date: 9/14/2019 3:21:00 AM
thanks Regina:-) hugs Jan xx
Date: 9/12/2019 8:21:00 PM
Hi Jan, you have so much to be proud of in your son, his achievements are exemplary. My emotions are somewhat torn in the reading of this emotional write. There is sadness on reading of the death of his two school friends, then there is joy at the graduation. Your pride comes through in the words of this piece Jan. It reads like a wonner to me. Have a wonderful Friday. Hugs....Mike.
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Date: 9/14/2019 3:20:00 AM
I was in 2 minds about writing the poem but I went with my heart:-) hugs Jan xx
Date: 9/12/2019 3:43:00 PM
a very touching poem, jan, and your pride in your son's accomplishments is well-deserved!
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Date: 9/14/2019 3:19:00 AM
thanks Ilene:-) hugs Jan xx
Date: 9/12/2019 3:18:00 PM
JAN, our children are never lost they just adventure out soon they will return asking for help! My sweet friend never forget you brought them into the world they will never forget you! You are their queen never forget that!!
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Date: 9/14/2019 3:19:00 AM
My son is home at the moment I am so so proud of everything he achieves, he is an amazing young man:-) hugs Jan xx
Date: 9/12/2019 2:29:00 PM
You did well Jan. Graduation Day bring back many memories, some good, some bad. That's life. Hugs.
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Date: 9/14/2019 3:18:00 AM
thanks Victor:-) hugs Jan xx
Date: 9/12/2019 2:16:00 PM
Hi Jan, Although it was sad to hear about the young boys that died( and your father). You had so much to be proud of, your son kept going and graduated in the midst of sorrow. Kudos to the boys parents for talking your son. This is a winner in my book. I wish you the best of luck in the contest. Have a fantastic day my friend:-) Alexis
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Date: 9/14/2019 3:18:00 AM
thanks Alexis:-) hugs Jan xx
Date: 9/12/2019 1:46:00 PM
- Of course you were proud, Jan ... your son had a lot in his mind that year - Luck in the contest :) - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 9/14/2019 3:17:00 AM
He had had such a tough time, I am so so proud of him he was the first one in our family to go to university:-) hugs Jan x
Date: 9/12/2019 1:45:00 PM
We are such proud parents when our children graduate - the pride that only a mom or dad can feel - I loved this poem as it brought back memories of Ricky's graduation. Beautifully penned Jan. Hugs, Jennifer.
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Date: 9/14/2019 3:17:00 AM
thanks Jennifer:-) hugs Jan xx
Date: 9/12/2019 1:18:00 PM
I remember when my daughter's graduated and I can see it again in your wonderful photographic poem Jan. Best wishes in the contest
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Date: 9/12/2019 1:25:00 PM
My father also died 4 months after the boys passed away. My son came over for the funeral and said he was thinking of giving up studying as he was so devastated over the losses. The boy's parents had never met my dad but arrived as we were walking in behind the coffin, just to support me at the funeral - I asked them to have a word with my son about not giving up - they had a chat with him and it turned him around and he graduated with 3 prizes and was internationally recognised. His graduation was the proudest day of my life for so many reasons!:-) hugs jan xx