by Abbie J. Friddell

“Her loving heart stopped beating… and the shrill beeping from the machines in the Intensive Care Unit are getting louder and more urgent. The family is at the bedside and has been expecting all of this, but they cannot let go of her small thin hand, or stop kissing her sweet forehead.

“When life hits you in the gut… it often hits you with a lesson… and when we share those lessons, maybe, we ease our own pain or the pain of someone else that knows what we’re talking about.

“The woman who died went to a better place: no more pain, no more worries about money, no more asking for help. All those humbling things of life… no longer had to be dealt with. She was inspirational, not just to her family, but to anyone that ever knew her or touched her life.

“In her own small way, she left this world a much better place. Her story needs to be told, so she can inspire this generation, the next generation, and all the generations to come.”

Abbie is one of eight In Print members to have her work featured at the Allegory Project, an art space and exhibition co-sponsored by the Art Matters Artist Coop and the Rockford Area Arts Council. The Allegory Project plans to have a theme that is explored in various art forms: painting and sculpture, photography, repurposed objects, and the spoken and written word.

Abbie’s piece and the others have been framed at the gallery and are available for viewing from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The show space is on the northwest corner of Madison and Prairie Streets in Rockford.

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