I feel the beginning of Absence

A few weeks ago I visited two galleries, one is the Centre of Contemporary Photography. But amongst all those photos exhibited, this one struck me the most. Just a polaroid photo of an empty chair and this handwritten note:

“My father is in hospital again. My mother too.I stayed at their house and wander from room to room. The house has no sentimental value for me. I never lived here. But the empty chairs, the bed, the pile of books waiting to be returned to the library, the Tattslotto tickets –


One day I do my parents’ ironing.

A strange intimacy – stained clothes, crusty handkerchiefs.

I feel the beginning of absence.”

The complete item shown below.

Credit to the artist and the copywriter who I failed to find out who he or she is.

This is a tribute to the artist because this piece really affected me. (Maybe because I am at the age of the parents that the writer is talking about.)

Below is a continuation of my visit to the other gallery, 1 Mater Street. Some chairs in the exhibit rooms.

Pull Up a Seat


  1. It’s funny how different things seem as we get older.

    1. Teresa says:

      Yes, so true…our priorities change…our outlook in life changes. Thanks for stopping by Alice.

      1. I enjoyed the visit 🙂

  2. XingfuMama says:

    I feel like the writer expressed what I’ve felt at times as I deal with hospitalized family members.

    1. Teresa says:

      It is such a sad feeling of unhelplessness.

  3. Irene says:

    Makes me sad and yet a reminder to check on those we love.

    1. Teresa says:

      Pandemic or not it is always great to get in touch with loved ones

      1. Irene says:

        Very true.

  4. lolaWi says:


    1. Teresa says:

      Yes, I felt sad too upon reading it.

  5. Wow, that is a touching post ❤ We really need to appreciate those we love…

    1. Teresa says:

      Yes Lisa, sad to listen to these sentiments.

  6. Ju-Lyn says:

    Who knew empty chairs could have this effect?

    1. Teresa says:

      I believe that empty chairs evoke sad feelings.

      1. Ju-Lyn says:

        Upon more pondering, it is the sentiment expressed in the song Empty Chairs at Empty Tables from Les Miz

        1. Teresa says:

          Oh yes 👍🏼

  7. Sherry Felix says:

    A sad story.

    1. Teresa says:

      Yes, very sad especially in this stage of our lives! Thanks Sherry.

  8. Toonsarah says:

    That’s very moving. Having dealt with the loss of both my parents, and both of my husband’s, I understand that emotion. Especially when, after my mother-in-law’s death, I started to sit in the chair she always occupied.

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks for that comment Sarah. Your story is a moving one!

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