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We call that person who has lost his father, an orphan; and a widower that man who has lost his wife. But that man who has known the immense unhappiness of losing a friend, by what name do we call him? Here every language is silent and holds its peace in impotence.
I am very lucky that people enjoy my pictures and they are often called sad or soft flowers, well today that is true, this flower is for a friend i have known since childhood, he was my parents friend, my brothers friend and my friend.
He was never PC in any shape or form, together with my father he taught me how to drink, laughed when i tried to keep up with him and was ill :), laughed at my attempts to seduce women, taught me how to shoot, how to swear, how to talk my way out of fights or dusted me off after them, most importantly together they taught me how to laugh and how to get through all the shit that gets thrown at you.
He and my father would disappear for days on the beer and then slowly share stories about what they got up to as the older i became and was allowed into that ring of friendship ha ha the stories i can tell about my adventures, how me and his son created our own adventures :), my sons would be amazed at what their boring father did :)
He was a builder and knew i wanted to go to art college so used to make fun of me as i helped at weekend, ‘paul you like painting’ ‘yes’ i answered ‘then paint that fucking wall over there’ he would shout!! and i would paint that wall, shaking my head laughing with him be cause i knew, he was pleased i would escape and find a job doing what i loved and digging holes, painting walls, humping bricks all day every day helped pay for those college days and when i finally moved away and didnt see him for may years, it only took a phone for him and his family to come to my wedding, even more years later he was getting me pissed cheering me up after the divorce!! ha ha :)
he was my friend and i will miss him, I imagine him now having a whisky looking down and calling me soft, and arty for writing this, but then i will still smile and tell him to piss off ha ha!!!…se ya Pete !!
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