The last month I’ve had a chance to photograph fathers and sons together. Quite by accident I assure you. The pictures just happened that way.

Having my own son has been a joy. He has taught me so much about how to live life carefree. Not that all children don’t. Children live in the moment.

My dad, who passed away at 102 years of age, was a rock solid man. I was by his bedside as he took the last breath of millions. I realized at that moment, our parents never stop teaching us children how to live. They guide us through the pitfalls of life, teach us how to survive on our own. In finality, they teach us grace and dignity as we age and die. Not that it’s as simple as that.

I know fathers day is a few weeks in the future. This is not meant to be a fathers day salute or a slight to moms and their sons. I show these to remind us that life goes on. Every day.

From left, Jim and Tim Delaney of Santa Rosa tour the Santa Rosa Memorial Park, Monday May 31, 2010. Jim Delaney, 89, served aboard the USS Pyro, an ammunition ship during WWII. The elder Delaney also won a silver medal in the 1948 Olympics in London with a 55 foot and 1 3/4 inch toss in the shot put. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2010

Staff Sgt. Thomas O'Day, 24, of Santa Rosa explains to his son Patrick about the bench dedicated to Thomas' brother Patrick O'Day at Santa Rosa Memorial Park, Sunday May 30, 2010, who was killed in March 2003 at the beginning of the Iraq War. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2010

Rob Condron and his son Max Condron, race to the finish during the Human Race, Saturday morning May 8, 2010 in Santa Rosa. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2010

-Kent Porter