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Why This Emotional Photo of a Dad Nurturing His Sick Son Was Banned From Facebook
Heather Whitten was having one of those nights that most moms hope to forget. Her nearly one-year-old son, Fox, was sick and inconsolable. After bouts of vomit, and tummy problems that wouldn't quit, Fox's dad, Thomas, climbed into the shower with him, cleaned him up, and sat with Fox for two hours until the child finally found comfort.
While Thomas was soothing his son, Heather took a few snaps of the precious moment. "It was just beautiful. It was not surprising or anything out of the ordinary; it's how he has always been with the kids," she told Today.
Heather, who shares her photography on her blog, added, "I document our family just how we are. I kind of see something and I just grab my camera."
What struck her about this particular picture is how it celebrates the fact that "it's okay to get naked with your son and nurture him. The important thing is really taking care of your kiddos."
However, not everyone saw her image that way. When she posted it to Facebook, naysayers suggested that it was so sexual it should be banned—and it was, twice.
While Heather was initially upset that her message was "being missed," Thomas has been a good sport about his Internet fame.
"He is proud to have an image of himself as a father and he jokes that his nipple is famous," she says.
All kidding aside, Heather is mostly proud of how the image depicts her husband as such a strong father. "I think it would be really powerful to show my son [the picture of] him vulnerable and wrapped up in his father's arms," she says.
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