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Guatemala: Instant Parenthood

January 23rd, 2009

Traveling in Guatemala was the first real time I spent with “T,” Lu’s five year-old son (If you comment, please respect the use of his first initial only).

For T, he was expecting attention from Lu and myself. I was there to be with Lu and to get to know T better. For Lu, she wanted to see how he took to me. Needless to say, the trip was loaded and there were challenging moments, but I think it worked out quite well. After our man-to-man talk, T and I got along well. I just had to realize, I was the adult and I had to suck it up to make things better.

I call this clip “Instant Parenthood” because that’s what I’m learning about. In September of 2008, I thought I’d focus exclusively on my work. I was even considering putting my possessions in storage. But a not-so-chance meeting has taken me down a somewhat different path. With Lu comes T…and we’ve had some bad-ass Nerf gun fights and the best story times you can imagine. As long as he wins and gets a bonus chapter.

The Instant Parent from timmatsui.com on Vimeo.

Find the music on iTunes:
Goining Down, Allen Toussaint
Burnt Offering, Blue Scholars
Nobody Knows Me at All, The Weepies
Reconstruction Site, The Weakerthans
Stars, The Weepies

Captured with Canon: 5D Mark II, G10

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7 Responses to “Guatemala: Instant Parenthood”

  1. Leandro says:

    Amazing!!!
    Congratulations u guys!
    Waiting for u… december is coming!
    Cheers!

    Leandro.

  2. Nadia says:

    Congratulations! I have often said that my life seemed to be in black and white until my kids came along and now it’s permanently in Technicolor.

  3. Terra says:

    I love this piece. Knowing T and his personality it made me tear up at a few points. Watching you read to him at night is also adorable. Nicely done Tim, I love it!

  4. Lindean says:

    This is FANTASTIC! Any chance you’re going to be in Montana any time soon??
    Thanks for putting this link on facebook!

  5. Robin says:

    That is seriously touching. I love it. Beautiful storytelling.

  6. tim says:

    thanks all for taking a look at this. it’s had more plays in two days than any piece i’ve done so far.

    not going to be in montana any time soon as far as i know…

  7. Lu says:

    Thank you.

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