Li Fuchang, who is from Shaanxi, China, started drawing sketches of his sick mother in order to divert her attention away from her pain. He also drew in order to spend more time with her.
When his mother passed away at age 85, the drawings became a source of inner peace for Li. Whenever he thought about his mother, the more than 200 sketches enabled him to recall the fond memories with her when she was still alive.
It took Li about three to five minutes to complete each sketch, with the first one completed in May 2016. In the beginning, his mother was reluctant to pose for him, but when she saw the sketches, she relented. He also felt fortunate that his wife was able to wash his mother’s feet, head, and body while he sat to the side drawing.
Li was praised by family and friends as an example of a loving son. Li responded by saying:
“Having an elderly person at home is like having a treasure. My mother was very good at needle work, and even when she was sick, she did not hesitate to mend my clothes.”
Li’s mother had to depend on crutches for some 30 years, and as she grew older, she often closed her eyes to rest. When he watched his mother sleep peacefully, Li’s heart felt content. However, Li sometimes felt that he could have been a better son for his mother. He said:
“A display of filial affection should be timely and not given when the opportunity is lost.”
Li’s last sketch of his mother was in color. After drawing so many sketches, he came to realize that a mother’s life is difficult. He felt that we must always be filial to our parents because when they are gone, it is too late.
Translated by Chua, B.C.