Photographer, wife, and mother Heather Whitten recently posted a photo for her husband and her son on her website. But when she logged back on later, she was devastated to see the comments people had left behind.
The photo attracted a lot of controversy as both her husband and son were sitting naked in the shower. But people decided to judge the whole family without knowing the story. Heather wrote an explanation behind the photo below:
Little did the criticizers know that the little boy being held by his father was terribly sick. The parents didn’t know it yet, but he was suffering from salmonella poisoning. The parents, being worrywarts in the past, had gone to the emergency room a few times for what turned out to be nothing, so this time they assumed their boy was just sick and needed time to beat the fever.
As the boy’s fever worsened, he began to vomit and suffered from diarrhea as well. So instead of having him suffer alone in embarrassment, Dad stripped them both down and sat down in the shower together. Any mess was instantly washed away from both of them, and as this amazing father patiently held his boy.
Heather instantly knew she wanted a memory of this moment – a moment of true love between dad and son.
Some people said he should have worn a bathing suit, but something tells us that for two young parents who are very worried about the well-being of their precious child, they probably weren’t very concerned at the idea of offending anyone with something as innocent and nonsexual as this!
In Heather’s many beautiful family photos that she posts, she documents the fun and love her family shares with each other.
The family are very close and Heather posted a short response to the criticizers:
“My family may be different than yours. But, that doesn’t make your way right or my way wrong. You may never take images of your family like I do… you may never share images of your family like I do. But, that doesn’t give you the right to silence my voice. To take away my right to share our experiences in an uncensored way.”
Fortunately, they decided to take their son to the hospital when things didn’t get better, and once their little boy healed up, they went back to being a family filled with love.
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