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This photo taken by a five year old boy of his mum and sick little sister has gone viral

Melissa Imbesi by Melissa Imbesi
April 30th, 2016

It took one single snap on an iPhone for five-year-old Taj to capture this amazing photograph of his mum Kelli and little sister Summer that has quickly gone viral. In that one click, Taj captured the very raw and very real vulnerability of a mother desperate to comfort her sick child.  You can see it in both of their faces – the exhaustion, the desperation and the overwhelming love of a mother who is doing her best to provide any relief she can to her little girl.

Kelli and Summer

Kelli and Summer

Kelli, also known as The Barefoot Mum on Facebook, said of the picture:

“I was debating whether or not to post this, but this is real, raw, and one of the absolute worst parts of Motherhood that at some stage, we will all go through!!

The part nothing or no-one can prepare you for, the part where you would give every ounce of your entire being to make your poor baby feel ok again. Every cry and every tear make your heart break just that little bit more and your only wish is that it was you instead.

I haven’t slept in days and am physically & mentally exhausted myself, but as all Mums do, we keep going!

This morning as Summer was coughing, being sick and working herself up into a frenzy, my Mumma instincts kicked in and I put us both in the shower, with the soothing sound of running water and the warmth touching our skin, she was calm within minutes…..then, my 5 year old came in and snapped this!! Such a raw emotive moment of Motherhood in all her glory….messy bun and all!!”


We love the reality this picture has captured of what it really means to be a mum caring for a child who is unwell; plus, we’re floored by Taj’s ability to recognise the moment as the loving one it was and take this seriously awesome pic. If he’s taking these kinds of pics at five, imagine him at 25?? Look out, Mario Testino, you’ve got some stiff competition coming your way!

How do you calm your child when they’re unwell?