My mom and my grandma were "stay-at-home" moms back when most moms were. I had my first son in mid-seventies and we were told we needed to work to be happy and are kids would be fine. My elders didn't know to tell me how precious MY time mothering would be and how fast it would go.
I didn't get to go on a hiking trip with my son and my grandchildren and later when I saw the photos I was bummed again. I was so happy to see him with his children and he does know how precious the time is — and provides for his wife to be home with kids. He really cherishes his time.
I saw that Pam captures these moments and for Father's Day I sent her the photo to create a small piece. My son was thrilled with it, and before it arrived showed the kids the photo of the original painting and they were all waiting excitedly. He was so happy and so touched.
Pam's painting took a photo that held much pain for me, as a sixty year old grandma with regrets, and turned it into such a joyful experience for me with my son and his children.
It helps me so much to see him so happy over his gift ... a day and moment in fathering that he can always look at and remember.
I feel the experience was very healing for me.
Janel Mirendah, Washington D.C.