Calvin Weston Dykes is in pictures. A lot of them.
Brian and Barbra Dykes didn't tell their family and friends that
Barbra was pregnant-they sent a photo of the positive test instead.
Then they sent photos of the ultrasounds. And since the
now-5-month-old Cal was born, Brian, a professional photographer in
Glen Ellyn, has taken a photo of him every day of his life.
Frequently, he takes more than one. As of March, Brian has
snapped 8,295 photos and hasn't missed a day. "Sometimes I'm taking
pictures at 11:30 at night, hoping I can keep the streak alive,"
A select several hundred of those photos are collected at
calvinweston.net as "A Photographic Diary of the First Year of
Calvin Weston's Life." Visitors can check out the boy's growth,
send messages that Cal one day will read and peruse diary comments
that Brian describes as "what I think he thinks-or what he's
thinking about what I'm thinking about what he's thinking
Photo-a-day slideshows have become a popular staple on YouTube
and even parodied on "The Simpsons," but Brian's inspiration came
from another source: his own toddlerhood, of which he has little
recollection and fewer artifacts. "We have maybe four, five
pictures of myself when I was that young," he says. "So I really
want Cal to know what he was like and what we were like for the
first year of his life."
And when Cal is old enough to read all his e-mails? "He may
think we were nuts," Brian admits. "(But) when he gets older and
starts to realize how important the bond between a father and
mother and a child is, he may think it's pretty cool."
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