I am so proud of my wonderful little boy, so delighted with each and every moment I get to spend with him.
|Alexander sitting on the hood of my truck (which used to be my father's truck)|
I kind of suspected I would enjoy fatherhood, but there are a few things that caught me by surprise in the past 7 years. For example, I never knew that:
- This baby that I held in my arms, this little boy whose hand I hold when he crosses the street, this child who I tuck in at night and tell bedtime stories to could continually teach ME so much
- Despite how precious each age and each stage in his life has been, there is even MORE new joy to be reaped as I watch my son continue to grow
- Just stepping into my son's bedroom and watching him sleep can make a frustrating and terrible day disappear in a flash
- When my phone at work or my cell phone rings and there's a long pause when I answer (like one of those telemarketer calls), I'm continually delightedly surprised and excited when it's my son calling me just to say hi.
- Simple things like a clumsy hug from this little person work better than any virtually any balm, any medicine I have ever taken
|A fun afternoon of swimming during our July 2011 vacation|
- Doing chores around the house might take twice as long when Alexander helps me, but the pleasure derived from working alongside him is more than quadruple
- Just sitting back and looking at my wife and my son interact, my two very best friends, brings an amazing sense of comfort, joy and peace to my heart
- My son would be mad about things I loved when I was a child (and still love today) - things like Star Wars and LEGO (and how much cooler they both are when combined)
|A special birthday trip to the LEGO store!|
- I would continually be in awe of this special little boy. Sure, I knew I would love him with all my heart, but never imagined how overwhelmingly in awe I would be of the things he does, the things he says
Each and every day with my son is a marvel. I'm on vacation this week - a few years ago, I started booking off his birthday and where possibly, the week of his birthday -- spending the week with Alexander just doing all the little daily things that a father and son can do together is one of the best ways I can imagine spending my vacation time.
Talk about an incredibly wise investment of my time. The benefits I have reaped are, of course, beyond price.
There, completely "naked" thoughts about fatherhood and my son. How's THAT for a Half-Nekkid Thursday post?