Age | 9

Photographer| Laurie Breeden Callies

I chose my mom because she cares about me. My dad died after his birthday and now my mom is the one who makes me feel safe. We play games and have fun. My mom listens to me and makes me feel safe always. I want to tell her that she is my only mother. I would like to be creative, famous, and a good artist.

I am smart.
I can do many things.
I will help others.

My son, Likeke, took my picture. I sometimes call him “Son” or “Babe.” He is a very intelligent boy who has a tendency to bottle up his feelings. This is why I treasure that he knows and is comfortable speaking with me about anything and everything that he is feeling. This is a testament to the strength of our mother and son bond.

Likeke and I like to joke around and play tricks on each other. He knows how to cheer me up and make me laugh. One thing I love to do is cheer him on as he plays soccer. I am his #1 fan!

My dream for Likeke is that he continues to do things that make him happy. I hope he will remember to take care of himself, as he has a tendency to put others first before himself.

“Likeke, you will be a fabulous father one day because you are wonderful with babies and young children and have been blessed with the gift of innate nurturing. I love you, Likeke.   I am so proud to be your mother.”

Mililani | Mother

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