Is it really four years ago?

For the last few days, FaceBook has helpfully been reminding me that in 2015 at this time, the Big T, the boy-child and I were on holiday together; in San Francisco, Munich, Bordeaux, then London.

On our last night in San Francisco, we ate somewhere off Washington Square, after an afternoon watching our only child skateboard down Lombard Street. As you do.

Posted to Six Word Saturday.

Weekly Photo Challenge: object

Was it love at first sight? The boy-child aged two meeting a skateboard for the first time. Photo: Su Leslie 2000

Was it love at first sight? The boy-child meeting a skateboard for the first time. Photo: Su Leslie 2000

If I were to choose an icon to represent the boy-child, it would be a skateboard.

He was first put on his father’s skateboard at the age of two. Within weeks he had constructed his own “board” out of an old carton and was “doing tricks” with it in the living room. A plastic board followed, but that was a bit unsatisfying so he learned to ride on his dad’s.

There have been periods in his life when skateboarding hasn’t been central – but it’s difficult to remember them. For the last five or so years, skating has been his passion. It’s overtaken music as the great love, but has found a profitable bedfellow in photography.

Dreams of becoming a professional skater have morphed into a more tangible goal of making at least part of his living photographing and filming skaters. So far, so good. He recently made a feature-length film which got  sponsorship from a skate shop and team, and which is getting very positive feedback from the skating community.

Although he still skates, the boy-child spends more of his time now filming and photographing other skaters. Photo: Copyright Tom Gray 2014.

I think it’s probably fairly clear from my posting that I am incredibly proud of my son. And one of the things I am most proud of is that he lives his life passionately and is not afraid to pursue his dreams and make them real.

This post was written in response to the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge, and also as part of my “countdown” to my son’s sixteenth birthday.

You can see more “object” posts:

Weekly Photo Challenge: Object

Seeing Triple?

Dry Objects

Weekly Photo Challenge – Object

Weekly Photo Challenge: Object

Be Real

… or read the earlier posts in my countdown: