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I lost my father a couple of years ago. He wasn’t perfect – but he was one of the best fathers a woman could have. He never told me there was anything I couldn’t do. He always encouraged me to push beyond what I thought I could do. He instilled me with a natural sense of self worth, and bequeathed me his happy disposition.
My mother is still living, but is turning 93 this year. In spite of her tiny stature (she measures up to about 4’10”) she is as strong as a horse. She is one of the best mothers a woman could have. She never treated me like a doll, or fussed over me getting married or having a boyfriend. Instead, she instilled in me a sense of responsibility and integrity. She gave my childhood its security.
So it was important to me to have a suitable monument to these two amazing people who shaped my life so well.
In collaboration with my friend and stone carver Laura Travis, we devised a monument that was both enduring and unique.
The hard granite casing will withstand the vagaries of weather and time, and the soft limestone statues in their niches will be protected as they stand as individual tributes to two of the most amazing people in my life.