Photography And Half-Thoughts By Mitchell Hegman

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Remembering Uyen Hegman

Five years ago, on the bluest side of this very date, we lost Uyen Hegman.
I lost my best friend, my wife.
I have thought of Uyen every single day since her passing.  Sometimes, the sound of laughter brings her back to me.  The sun warming my arm might trigger a summer memory.  A bluebird alighting on my fence.  A young girl grocery shopping with her mother.  Snapping a photograph of a sunrise.  Walking out the front door.  A fishing boat slicing across the lake.  Anything might trigger a memory of Uyen.
I have carried on by learning to accept and appreciate these memories in the same way I enjoy wildflowers found along the way.  I was lucky for the time we shared.  I have a daughter.  I learned to be a better person by Uyen’s example.
I have my today thanks to her yesterday.
About a year ago, Uyen returned to my dreams.  Only last week I had a dream where she was standing outside our bay window planting something in the earth.  She stopped planting long enough to wave at me.
Oh, that smile of hers... 

--Mitchell Hegman


  1. Beautiful, Mitchell ~ ♥ ~ hugs :)

  2. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful remembrance. Uyen was one of a kind and I feel honored to have known for the short time I did.

    1. Jagger is me karla. Not sure how I got a google name of Jagger!

    2. Jagger works for me (and Mick)!

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    1. I know that you have experienced the same. I am happy that you have found such a good place in your new life today. Really happy!

  4. Thanks for the kind words and thoughts. Uyen was such a kind and happy person. Hardships never diminished her keen spirit.