4.29.2009

"Still Life"

About a year ago I wrote this post with the above obituary attached to it. It had caught my attention for obvious reasons. Well, this month's Texas Monthly has an article about the woman and her son written by the great Skip Hollandsworth. I read it over lunch but wish I had saved it for later -- I'm not used to crying during lunch. It begins: Thirty-five years ago Dallas—and the country—was gripped by the tragic story of John McClamrock, a high school football player paralyzed during a violent tackle. But after the newspapers moved on, another story was quietly unfolding, one of courage, perseverance, and a mother’s fierce love . . . .

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

I read this article yesterday in TM. Planning to drive by that house to see it.

Michael in LH said...

Wow. Amazing. And you are not kidding about crying.

Anonymous said...

I remember your posting from last year and yes, it was very touching! But....the full story really puts a lump in the throat!

Anonymous said...

Great story. Thanks for posting it.

Anonymous said...

Wow, that was an extraordinary woman. Thank you very much for that. And whoever it is that says this blog is stale and boring, repeat that after you've read this story!

Anonymous said...

Good story Barry. Gives one pause to reflect.

There are everyday heroes all around us who labor in quiet dedication, without seeking notice or adulation.

A heroic mother who demonstrated her love everyday.

My Other Brother Darryl

Andria said...

I read it in TX Monthly too....what an amazing story of a mother's love. Another part that got me was the material about his former classmates seeking comfort at their home in times of trouble. Amazing.

Anonymous said...

I too read this story in the Tx Monthly yesterday and was very moved. My husband graduated from high school in 1975 and I'm encouraging him to read the story also.

Xanthippas said...

What an incredible woman. I'm in awe of her devotion to her son, and her spirit. Thanks for linking to this.

Anonymous said...

Good Read..

Anonymous said...

BG, I would have never read that story without you pointing it out to me. Thank you so much.

If you are a mother or a son, then you have to read this story...

Anonymous said...

A welcomed change to the normal pace of the posts here. I guess that there are still people that love their kids in this world. Kind of gives you hope that tomorrow wull be a better day after all.

Anonymous said...

Speechless with tears in my eyes. There is nothing like a mother's love.

Anonymous said...

I remember the obit. I'm sorry I read the whole thing. It made me so sad.

Anonymous said...

Sad,sad, sad can't imagine reading this on my lunch hour. A really devoted Mom and the rest of the family is to be admired with the way they coped with things. I am so glad I read it.

M-M said...

What a wonderful woman. No doubt, God has a special blessing for her. Relative to her and her life, I have really never had any real problems in my life.

KC said...

I printed the story off yesterday afternoon and read it last night at home. That was a remarkable woman and family. Makes you thankful for the your health and the people in your life.

Anonymous said...

They all got a raw deal, but I really feel sorry for Henry. Sounds like Ann was so devoted to John that she didn't have a lot of time left to be a mother to Henry. Sad all the way around...

CAN YOU PROVE IT IN A COURT OF LAW? said...

"...and may he run over fields of green."

Yes it made me cry..but it was worth it. What an unbelievable testament to a mothers love.

Anonymous said...

wow.. great story! I wish we could read stories like this more often!