Freedom Day & the Freedom of a Child

29 Apr

Monday, the 27th April; Freedom Day – The day that celebrates the first post-apartheid elections held in South Africa.
Also it is becoming increasingly obvious that Stephen is trying to be free himself; in any way that he so chooses. It just so happens that when I just want a certain photograph he chooses not to comply,

ha ha ha.

Anyway, as Stephen starts testing the boundaries of free will and Daddy’s patience, he is learning to be independent with he very own personality. It is also a time where I need to be there to help him – and I am, I am enjoying it all the way (ok I do get frustrated – who doesn’t).
Here are some cool pictures we took on this day.

Child through the tires Walking the Plank
Play Park Mountain Jumping in the Castle
Trampoline Father and Son Mommy and Stephen Jumping

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7 Responses to “Freedom Day & the Freedom of a Child”

  1. Jason April 30, 2009 at 6:29 am #

    Cool Boet 🙂 my time is coming soon…………..

    • Phillip Gibb April 30, 2009 at 6:30 am #

      coool, when exactly is that time? Chantalle must be halfway by now?

  2. Ron April 30, 2009 at 9:44 am #

    great photos. I esp. like the one on the jumping castle and the one with the tires, nice composition.

    Yes it does get more challenging as they begin to express their own identity. Your family is evolving from a dictatorship into something a little more representative 🙂

  3. onnaholl May 1, 2009 at 12:51 pm #

    I love the pictures! Your son is adorable. I really love the tire picture!! It is always a struggle to help them become independent but have to deal with the consequences of that!! We want them to be independent, but it causes more trouble for us in the form of less passive listening!! In the end it is all good!! We want them to think for themselves.

    Onna @

    • Phillip Gibb May 4, 2009 at 6:47 am #

      Ever seen the movie Ray; as in Ray Charles. That scene when Ray is blind as a kid and he trips. Ray calls out to his mother in fear – she is there but she holds back (painfully) so that Ray would learn to deal with the situation independently. That must be hard for the Mother to do, but it was a turning point for Ray.

  4. mjdoyle May 2, 2009 at 12:45 am #

    Love your photos. My husband is a professional photographer so I can appreciate your art.

    We have a 7 and 4 year old and there are always challenges with each stage of their lives and ours. I think testing the boundaries is a constant with children!

    • Phillip Gibb May 4, 2009 at 6:48 am #

      Cool, the camera I use belongs to my wife, it’s pretty good for an old camera and takes good pictures if I am patient , ha ha ha.

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