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A Special Father's Day

While I was hoping all the attention would be on me today for Father’s Day, I have to take a back seat to Rogan as it’s also his birthday. And not just any birthday – today he turns 18. In the UK, that’s the big one. Now he can vote, legally drink in pubs and is fully classed as an adult.

Despite struggling to recall what I was doing last week, or even yesterday for that matter, I can still clearly remember holding my baby boy in the hospital. This tiny, vulnerable little being who changed my life forever. I wanted him to grow up strong and healthy, be wise in the way of people, and have a kind heart.

And he has.

As those who've followed my blog for any length of time will know, a tradition in this house has been the kids get a birthday card manipulated by me in Photoshop. This year I took one of photos I'd done of Rogan shortly after he had his mohawk created, and I exaggerated it somewhat, while adding textured overlays to end up with something looking more like...

...well, I'm not entirely sure more like what, but I thought it looked kinda cool anyway.



Happy Birthday, son.

17 comments

Carole Morden said...

Happy Birthday to Rogan. Great Father's Day thoughts about a son. You are both lucky to have each other.

Kim Ayres said...

Thanks Carole - I do feel extremely fortunate to have such a wonderful son :)

mapstew said...

Breithlá shona Rogan. And happy Father's Day Kim. :¬)

Kim Ayres said...

Thanks Mapstew - and a Happy Father's Day to you too :)

Anna van Schurman said...

Yeah, I can't remember last week, but when I was at my 25th college reunion, I remembered those years with a clarity unheard of. :) Happy Father's Day and a Happy Birthday to Rogan. Cheers.

hope said...

Happy Birthday Rogan! Is kinda hair raising that you've already reached 18. :)

Happy Father's Day to you Kim! What a cool dad you are.

Falak said...

Wishing Rogan a Happy Birthday and you a Happy Father's Day!

LegalMist said...

Well, it's a little late across the pond, but here in Arizona, USA, it's still Father's Day for 3 more minutes, so I'm not technically late with my good wishes!

Happy Father's Day!

Kim Ayres said...

Anna VS - I might be going to a 30th School reunion in the summer - I'm hoping some of the memories come back, as at the moment I can't recall half the people being mentioned...

Hope - :)

Falak - thank you :)

LegalMist - thank you :)

Hindsfeet said...

so incredibly sweet, Kim.....wow.....18......

wishing him all the wonderful this big ol' world has to offer......

Happy Birthday, Rogan
~*

Guyana-Gyal said...

Happy 18th, Rogan, I can't believe you're 18, weren't you only 16 yesterday? :-)

Kim, this is such a touching post...I watch my brothers being fathers now, and it makes me understand just how much love men are capable of, it's just so underplayed.

Happy father's day, every day!

allencapoferri said...

Rogan has grown some. Happy belated Fathers Day Kim!

Kim Ayres said...

Liz - thank you :)

Guyana-Gyal - I'd swear he was only 9 last year...

Allen - thank you - I hope you had a good one too :)

MaryWitzl said...

That's a serious Mohawk! I can only imagine how hard maintenance would be on a REAL style like that.

A belated Happy Birthday to Rogan (and Happy Father's Day to you)!

LL Cool Joe said...

That's a great photo! I have a semi mohawk too. :) I hope Rogan had a great birthday.

My eldest daughter turned 18 last year and yep it sure was a big moment in her life and ours too. Wow, where did those years go?

Pat said...

Oh dear. I don't know how it happened but I missed Rogan's birthday - and a big one too.
Forgive me Rogan - have a glorious year and I'll try to do better.

Kim Ayres said...

Mary - He takes long enough sorting out his current one. Not sure how long it will grow before he eventually gets tired of maintaining it...

LL Cool Joe - aye, they grow up so fast

Pat - nothing to forgive :)

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