This is the first time I have entered the Sticky Fingers The Gallery so I hope I have managed to add this link correctly!!
When I saw that the title was ‘Men’ I wondered how I could ecapsulate that word into a photo. Then I remembered a photo which I hope sums it up pretty darn good!
I have chosen a photo which shows my boyfriend holding our newborn son an hour after he was born. I believe that this photo shows the moment he went from being simply a ‘ man’ to a ‘Daddy’. From this moment his life (as did mine!) changed and a part of him did also, as a softer side has emerged – not too much of course because he is a ‘man’ – but it has been lovely to see how over the last 10 months Jon has shown so much love towards his son and how proud he is of our boy. Burton looks a lot like his Daddy, and Jon has told me that sometimes when he looks at him, it is like looking into his own eyes. A grown man seeing the man our baby will become.
Men are different to us women – they tend to hide their emotions more whereas we tend to wear ours on our sleeves (more so since having a baby – mine have been sopping!!). However, the moment a man holds his newborn baby – a slight shift occurs, and beneath the cool, calm exterior that is so common to (most) men, a glimmer of hope is revealed. The hope a new life brings which makes you realise how much love you have for this little human being – an overwhelming sense of love, pride and responsibility all rolled into one. A realisation that from this moment on you are a man now – a grown up and things will never be the same again.
I believe my photo demonstrates this as Jon is still the same man, still with all the annoying traits he had before, but since 3.18am on Wednesday 15th July, 2009 he became a new man; a better man; a Daddy.
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Thank you xx
Thank you xx