Tuesday, 17 February 2009


The hands of my late father in law, Ben Abbink. I drew this shortly before the coffin was closed.
These long tall hands built a family; they played the accordeon, they painted watercolours, they helped, they punished, they guided. They performed magic.
The funeral was yesterday.
De lange smalle handen van mijn schoonvader, getekend vlak voordat de kist werd gesloten. Gisteren hebben wij hem uitgeleide gedaan.


Rob Carey said...

Thank you for sharing this, Rene. Blessings on your family, your wife. Sorry to hear about your loss. May God fill you with his peace at this time. The hands- what a good reminder of the brevity of this life. We will all fold our hands some day when we have completed the work set before us.

Rene Fijten said...

Rob, thank you for your kind remarks; you described it very well in your last remark.

Anonymous said...


Such beautiful words that fully describe the role of husband, father and grandfather. It ahs been a little while since I have seen you but I'm sure that our paths will cross again shortly. My thoughts and love are with you an your family at this sad time.

Dave Pike K.I. Krupka

Villager said...

I too am sorry for your loss. That was a moving tribute. Please keep the watercolor painting traditon going...

Rene Fijten said...

Hi Dave, thanks for your concern, all the way from Teplice. Hope I'll see you again some day on some plant.
Obrigado Villager, it's a moving thought that people all around the globe are expressing these condolances.