Climbing mountains.

 Climbing mountains. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Climbing mountains. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Dear Self,

I climbed a mountain yesterday with a group of friends.

This isn’t a metaphor, I actually climbed up a mountain.

Admittedly, as far as mountains go, it was a very small one. It took us about two hours to go up and back. It was, however, an almost vertical climb at times. So, not without its challenges.

A friend of mine is about to become a Dad. His partner was having a baby shower, to which he wasn't invited. Which led him to ask the question…how do Dad’s get ready for the coming baby?

He decided to mark this moment with some mates, a lunch at the pub and then a walk in the bush. We had a small ceremony at the top of the mountain.

We had one Dad in the group who bought his two-year-old son along.

At one point during the ceremony the little fella decided to go around and hug everyone in the circle.

Someone in the group remarked that when a two-year-old opens their arms, looks at you and asks “cuddle?” you suddenly feel accepted, like you are alright, like you have been approved.

I think this was a beautiful reminder about what I believe children need from their Dad’s more than anything.

There are so many pressures to ‘create a good life’ for a family, and even though gender roles are changing a lot…there is still the practical burden upon many men of not being able to raise the baby in the first year (we just can’t breast feed) and so the obvious role left is to create the resources to make raising a family possible. Which can mean they are not around as much as they might like to be.

My Dad being there and saying he loves me is about as good as it gets.

Seeing a circle of men melt as a little man opens his arms and asks for a cuddle is a close second.

It makes me feel like there is hope.

Love

Luke

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Day 81

Climbing mountains.

Dear Self,

I climbed a mountain yesterday with a group of friends.

This isn’t a metaphor, I actually climbed up a mountain.

Admittedly, as far as mountains go, it was a very small one. It took us about two hours to go up and back. It was, however, an almost vertical climb at times. So, not without its challenges.

A friend of mine is about to become a Dad. His partner was having a baby shower, to which he wasn't invited. Which led him to ask the question…how do Dad’s get ready for the coming baby?

He decided to mark this moment with some mates, a lunch at the pub and then a walk in the bush. We had a small ceremony at the top of the mountain.

We had one Dad in the group who bought his two-year-old son along.

At one point during the ceremony the little fella decided to go around and hug everyone in the circle.

Someone in the group remarked that when a two-year-old opens their arms, looks at you and asks “cuddle?” you suddenly feel accepted, like you are alright, like you have been approved.

I think this was a beautiful reminder about what I believe children need from their Dad’s more than anything.

There are so many pressures to ‘create a good life’ for a family, and even though gender roles are changing a lot…there is still the practical burden upon many men of not being able to raise the baby in the first year (we just can’t breast feed) and so the obvious role left is to create the resources to make raising a family possible. Which can mean they are not around as much as they might like to be.

My Dad being there and saying he loves me is about as good as it gets.

Seeing a circle of men melt as a little man opens his arms and asks for a cuddle is a close second.

It makes me feel like there is hope.

Love

Luke

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Day 81

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Buying some stamp money is a way to say thanks. A way to show your love and appreciation for the things I make and share.

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