This Cancer Survivor Dad Lets His Daughter Paint His Nails

Betsy Marie Photography/Nathan Bond

An inspirational father who lost his wife to cancer has come up with a pretty awesome way to help his daughter cope – letting her paint his nails.

Nathan Bond, 43, was left caring for six-year-old Sadie when his wife Elisa died from breast cancer last year.

Sadie has been painting her dad’s nails since she was two-years-old and, besides fighting back against gender stereotypes, it has come to be a unique bonding experience between the two.

Nathan Bond

Sadie’s mother Elisa passed away from breast cancer in March 2014

Speaking to Metro, Nathan said:

We started doing it because she asked if she could paint my nails. Of course I said yes. When she was two I didn’t want her to use toxic stuff so I got her some non-toxic finger nail paint, but now we’ve graduated toward top coats and glitter and all kinds of fancy stuff.

It’s been very hard and complicated in a lot of ways but as a parent being a very present role in my daughter’s life was always important to me. And because my wife was sick for a very long time, I was the primary caretaker. Letting Sadie paint my nails became my opportunity to make it something more, especially amongst her school friends.

A lot of kids start to learn very specific gender biases at this age and I think that’s where you can have the most effect. So in a very playful manner, I try to challenge these ideas that are being instilled in them. Colour on the end of your fingers is not a big deal. Expressing yourself in any way you want is.

He likes wearing nail polish. Why? Because he's a good father.- Video by Jess Blank. Special thanks to Paint Bond

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The amazing dad isn’t concerned by the derogatory comments made by strangers when they spot his nails but added that while others are impressed by his dedication, Bond actually doesn’t think he’s doing anything that incredible.

He added:

I find it a little odd the credit I get for being a single dad. It makes me really sad because the bar is set really low. Single mums don’t get that same response. I’m not doing anything special at all. Part of why it seems incredible is because I’m a man. And this is commentary on how men are participating in fatherhood and the world in my opinion.