Dick’s not there anymore

This post is being made simultaneously with a matching poem, It is in the quiet, written by Michelle Foronda and me and posted on the Book of Pain.

Dick Brodeur was a wonderful man and we were lucky enough to have him as a friend and next door neighbor from the very first day our family moved to Putnam. What’s more, we were able to meet all of his children (and grandchildren!) and have become especially close with his youngest daughter, Michelle (now Foronda) and her beautiful family as well.

Sadly, last year, Dick—who was well into his eighties, but still boisterous and funny until the end—passed on and was finally reunited with his dear wife, who had passed on before him and whom he missed very much.

On Easter Sunday I was leaving my house and walking by his when I realized that for the last years of his life, even though Dick had slowed down and was not so mobile as he once was, the house had always had a  lived in vibe to it, but that now that he was gone, I could sense the quiet and stillness radiating from it, the silent loneliness of a house that had raised a passel of kids as rambunctious as they come, but that now had no more noise to make.

This is my photo essay of that feeling…

Before viewing the photographs, I would also like to invite you to visit the poetry blog, the Book of Pain. Thank you for dropping by the Book of Bokeh.

 

The Brodeur home - Purnam, CT

The Brodeur home – Purnam, CT

For sale - Purnam, CT

For sale – Purnam, CT

Just a few steps away - Purnam, CT

Just a few steps away – Purnam, CT

I never did beat him at cribbage - Purnam, CT

I never did beat him at cribbage – Purnam, CT

Swept away - Purnam, CT

Swept away – Purnam, CT

Dick was an avid tennis player - Purnam, CT

Dick was an avid tennis player – Purnam, CT

Summer evenings - Purnam, CT

Summer evenings – Purnam, CT

When it rains... - Purnam, CT

When it rains… – Purnam, CT

He's not there - Purnam, CT

He’s not there – Purnam, CT

The garage remembers - Purnam, CT

The garage remembers – Purnam, CT

No lights needed - Purnam, CT

No lights needed – Purnam, CT

Clothesline hooks - Purnam, CT

Clothesline hooks – Purnam, CT

The very secret hiding place - Purnam, CT

The very secret hiding place – Purnam, CT

The next stranger may become a friend - Purnam, CT

The next stranger may become a friend – Purnam, CT

Wind - Purnam, CT

Wind – Purnam, CT

That door is closed - Purnam, CT

That door is closed – Purnam, CT

All photographs and comments ©2014 by John Etheridge with all rights reserved; not to be used without the expressed written permission of the copyright owner.

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