They say a picture is worth a thousand words.
Sometimes a picture is actually worth a lot more than that.
Thirteen years ago this month, I quit a good job to stay home with my two-year-old son, Vincent.
We had moved from California to North Carolina—not for my husband’s job as most people assume when they hear we relocated cross-country, but for mine.
My husband agreed to temporarily leave work and do the stay-at-home dad thing while I brought home the bacon as a training manager for a technology company. I was pretty good at it (at first), and with my bonuses I was on target to earn about $100,000 that year. Well, I would have earned that much… had I lasted more than 9 months there.
But I didn’t.
Because in the fall of 2001, my sweet little Vincent came home from preschool with his first school pictures and everything changed.