Sunday, June 20, 2010

November 6, 2009


I slowly woke in my hospital bed to the sound of my husbands voice, a low, tender whisper, a tone he had never used with any single human 'til that day.  I drifted in and out of sleep, but as I clung to consciousness, I focused my eyes across the room.

He held our swaddled baby up close to his whiskered face, and he whispered to him about all the dreams he had for him.  "I'll buy you your own rod, and I'll teach you to fish.  I'll show you how to play the guitar. We will speak Spanish together.  I'll teach you to change your oil.  I will teach you to play catch, and we will play football together while Mommy watches. We'll go camping, and hiking, and we'll make 'smores over the fire."
 
I knew a long time before we married that Matt was a special man, but on that day, watching him hold our son, I realized just what a treasure I have in him.   There are some things you can know before you marry, you know the limit of their patience with you, you know it makes them angry when you mutter under your breath, but what you don't know, what you can never know, is what kind of a parent they will be.

I hit the jackpot.  Matt is not perfect, he makes mistakes.  But he tries, he tries so hard.  And he loves so much.  He is such a good Daddy, and now that Jack is starting to become a little boy, his innate father-ness shines through.  He amazes me.  There are days when, by the time Matt comes home, I all but run out the door.  But just before I am about to lose it, I inevitably peek back in the room, and there is my husband teaching our baby boy to blow raspberries, and all I want to do is come back in and watch them be father and son.  He makes me a better mother, I didn't expect that...and I am oh-so-grateful.

Happy FIRST Father's Day Matthew!! I am so proud of you!

4 comments:

  1. That made me a little teary eyed! What a good husband you have!

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  2. There is nothing better than watching a father love his child. :-) It gives me goosebumps. Hope you guys had a fabulouse 1st Father's Day...I know we did! :-)

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  3. What a beautiful family!
    Happy Father's Day!

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