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Five-year-old takes “raw and emotive” photo of his mother cradling his poorly sister

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A five-year-old boy has put our own photography skills to shame after taking a beautiful photo of his mum cradling his sick baby sister.

Kelli Bannister, 30, from Perth, Australia, uploaded the black-and-white photo to her Facebook page on Tuesday 19 April. She wrote that her daughter Summer had been “coughing, being sick and working herself up into a frenzy”. She had taken Summer into the shower in an attempt to soothe her when her five-year-old son, Taj, came in and took the picture.

“This moment is real, raw and one of the absolute worst parts of motherhood that at some stage, we will all go through,” Bannister wrote. “The part nothing or no-one can prepare you for, the part where you would give every ounce of your entire being just to make your poor baby feel ok again.

“Every cry and every tear makes your heart break that little bit more and your only wish is that it was you instead.” 

Bannister, a photographer herself, said that she hadn’t slept in days and was “physically and mentally exhausted” herself, but that she kept going “as all mums do”.

She described the moment captured by her five-year-old child as “such a raw emotive moment of motherhood in all her glory… messy bun and all”.

The post has been liked some by some 37,000 people and shared over 3,000 times.

“This is beautiful and such a rare moment to capture on photo.... Cherish this photo and as much as the moment hurts, cherish it all,” one woman commented. “They grow too quick and only a few of us are lucky to have it... Every cry, every sick moment, every healthy or happy moment is a moment you will never be able to reclaim.”

Another mother wrote: “It doesn't get any easier even when they're all grown up. Every tear every bit of pain they go through you just want to gather them up in your arms (even dragging them into the shower if need be). They will always be your babies and you will always feel their pain”.

Bannister posted again on her Facebook page after the post went viral, describing herself as “no blogger… just a positive living Mumma from the Burbs”. She said that she was “taken aback and in shock at how much of an emotional impact my previous has had on so many beautiful Mums, Dads, Grandparents & just the public in general.”

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