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Family bondThis is one of my favourite photos of me, No 1 Son and Man of the House (you didn’t think it was *really* old, did you?) It was taken on a day out at a theme park (I forget which one), and as you can see we all entered into the spirit of dressing up as though we were in a 19th century saloon in the Wild West. Although I’d love to know why I was given a glass to hold instead of a gun and I failed miserably at keeping a straight face.

But the reason I love this photo is that it shows how the family bond between parents and their child can be so strong even when Mum and Dad have gone their separate ways. We are a ‘fractured family’, but Man of the House and I have retained our friendship for the sake of our son. So we’re able to spend time together, and dress up as cowboys and floozies when the occasion calls for it.

(This is my post for The Gallery – the theme this week is ‘bond’).

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  2. Kara January 31, 2013

    That photo is fabulous – Love that father and son are pulling the same expression!

  3. Peggy January 30, 2013

    That’s brilliant and I wish my own parents were the same. They divorced 15 years ago and still can’t stand each other…

  4. Mrs Teepot January 30, 2013

    Great post and what a fabulous photo!

  5. Emma The Mini Mes and Me January 30, 2013

    A great snap, we love a bit of dress up fun too x

  6. Crystal Jigsaw January 30, 2013

    I think it’s really important to stay at least friends. Kids pick up on so much.

    I was divorced from my 1st husband in 1996 but we didn’t have any children. However, we are now very close friends and our families get together occasionally.

  7. Anya from Older Single Mum January 30, 2013

    Great to see you have managed to maintain dignified relations for the sake of your son. It isn’t possible with my ex. None of you will ever forget times like these!

  8. LauraCYMFT January 30, 2013

    Great photo and lovely story behind it. Having parents separate can be really hard for them and for you and it’s nice to see that you maintained a friendship for your son.

  9. Louise January 30, 2013

    love the photo – you look like you know something that don’t :) x

  10. Tattie Weasle January 30, 2013

    I think it is brilliant because of the sentiment behind it!

  11. Your son looks as though he means business with that gun

  12. Laura January 30, 2013

    ALWAYS clutching a glass of champagne …

  13. Emma T January 30, 2013

    I love those theme park ‘old’ photo opportunities. Lovely thought about the ‘family’ bond – guess a lot of other separated families would love to have that bond still in place.

  14. English Mum January 30, 2013

    Your face in that picture is just epic. Love you x

  15. Not My Year Off January 30, 2013

    Hehe I did think for a second it was a photo of generations gone by….love the serious (and not so serious) faces!! :)

  16. thisdayilove - leyla January 30, 2013

    It is a great photo, why did they not give you a gun too?

    Thisdayilove

  17. Louise January 30, 2013

    brilliant photo x

  18. Kelloggsville January 30, 2013

    It’s not really fractured wen you still work together as parents, it’s more cross site parenting. Great photo. Was it from the American adventure park?

  19. The Moiderer January 30, 2013

    That is a great photo and I love the sentiment behind it

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