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“Its Been Years Since I Seen His Face” 48” x 72” Oil on canvas ✨I wanted to share this painting again with a personal story that my father shared with me the other night. It’s about his mother, my grandma (left side) in Mexico. “The last time I saw my mom was when I was 16. I’m now 47. I got a phone call from her the other day. She started weeping as soon as I said, “Hi, mom.” She told me she feels alone and helpless. I found out she is going blind and can’t hardly do anything anymore. I wish I can be there with her in Mexico, but it’s not that simple. If I go, I know I risk loosing everything, my family, my job, my life. She started telling me she can hardly remember how I look like anymore. I try to be strong and tell her to have hope. But I think she has given up on that many years ago. What hurts the most is having your own mother say to you: ‘You have forgotten about me.’ There was no hate in her voice when she said it, but instead sadness and honesty. I think that’s what has been killing me inside. I feel that the only people who will understand my situation are the ones who have had to live through it or are living it.” -Dad #DiaDeLasMadres #mothersday #oilpainting #oiloncanvas #criseldavasquez
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