“EVERYONE IS THE AGE OF THEIR HEART”

Guatamalan Proverb

This is my father-in-law Mike Mills shortly before he died in January 2010. He loved sitting in the sun at the assisted living place in Orem Utah. He was such a lovely man who played the piano until his last days – all the elderly people at this place (The Seville) would sing and clap in joy as Mike played many good old traditional songs.
Whenever I visited he would play some good old English songs that reminded me of my parents’ era. He had played them during his war years while stationed in England ready for D-Day.

I edited their notes and published a book about the lives of my parents-in-law and it touched me so deeply to see and feel how life was lived in those days leading up to and during the Second World War. Mike was a brave man, a football Star in the 1930’s and such a dear wonderful human being, who made people feel happy with his sparkle.

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SEE MIKE AND MARGARETS LIFE STORY

“NEVER IN THE FIELD OF HUMAN CONFLICT
WAS SO MUCH OWED,
BY SO MANY,
TO SO FEW!”

Winston Churchill

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A self-taught, passionate photographer and writer – I love capturing beauty through the eyes of a camera. I have self-published 13 books, all non-fiction except one. My books are real life human interest topics that I feel are worthy of reflection.

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Comments

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELalmost 4 years ago

    A beautiful memory and a wonderful capture. So sorry to hear about your loss, it is never easy, he will always be with you though!

  • Dear Andrea, many thanks for your comments!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Fran E.
    Fran E.almost 4 years ago

    Indeed beautiful memory and tribute.

  • thanks so much Fran!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1almost 4 years ago

    Wonderful memory of your Father in law!!

  • thankyou so much Cheryl!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Munggo
    Munggoalmost 4 years ago

    Fantastic memories Charmiene, he sounds like one heck of a man !

  • thanks Steve, yes he was such an amazing man!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Bernie Stronner
    Bernie Stronneralmost 4 years ago

    What a lovely story to along with a beautiful memory and picture of your father in law Mike..
    Thank you so much for sharing this with us..xx

  • thanks so much Bernie!!!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Elaine123
    Elaine123almost 4 years ago

    what a nice shot, well taken Charmiene xx

  • thanks so much Elaine!!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • andy551
    andy551almost 4 years ago

    Awesome capture!!!

  • thanks so much Andy!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Anivad - Davina Nicholas
    Anivad - Davin...almost 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture of your father Charmiene looking so relaxed and at peace. I can almost feel the sun on me too……:) Its wonderful that you also have a gift of writing and can express yourself in that way too!

  • thankyou so much, I appreciate your coimments – and yes writing has been such a sanctuary for me.

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • sweeny
    sweenyalmost 4 years ago

    Lovely picture and tribute Charmiene :-))) R

  • thankyou so much Ray!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • walstraasart
    walstraasartalmost 4 years ago

    And this is a very lovely portrait of an unique man!

  • thanks so much Thea!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

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