Tuesday, December 05, 2006

A little advice

It’s too cold to ride, but I’ll get out there soon enough.

 

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I have several friends who are about to have children.

There are a lot of things to expect when you bring a new life into the world.  Sleepless nights, exhausted days, strained nerves, poor appetites, and nervous doctor visits are just a few that can be named.  That just comes with the territory.

Of course, you can expect it, and even plan for it, but it still always manages to catch you just a little off guard.  That’s no problem, you learn to roll with it.

There’s another thing that you can plan for that will still take you a little off guard.

There was this little person hanging around for 9 months just rolling around and kicking and giggling and such who has schedules and patterns that you get to know and expect.  When the time comes to finally meet this person face to face it’s almost like you already know who he or she is.  This little person who looks so much like you finally arrives and you know instantly that this little person is the same one who you’ve been talking to for all these months.  “It’s nice to finally meet you, son.  I’ve heard so much about you and been watching your progress all this time.”

Yea, that’s something I’m still getting used to.  “It’s nice to meet you, son.”  Every day he’s a new person, learning something new, making some new discovery, growing into a bigger and newer person every day.  “It’s nice to meet you, son.”

Yea.  That still catches me off guard from time to time.

Something else that may catch you off guard if you’re not paying attention is just how hard, deep, and fast you’re going to fall in love with this little person.  Even at 3:00am when he’s screaming because… well, just because… there’s something about that smile or that wimpering nuzzle in the crook of your arm that just melts your heart.

Yea, these little people are pretty amazing creatures.  They can melt even the hardest of hearts.  They can break even the strongest of wills.  They can make you fall so deep and fast in love that you don’t even know if you’re coming or going… and you honestly don’t even care.

Consider yourself advised.

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