10 years ago on June 15th, I sat with my very pregnant and laboring wife in the small hospital in Sylva, NC. It was early Saturday morning. Her water broke in our bed around 3am. Me, in my slumber, asked if she was sure she hadn’t just wet the bed. My wife assured me that the baby was on the way and I’d have to wake up. I’m not a morning person, but I hopped into action. I was about to be a Dad.
This was my first trip through the adventure that is labor and delivery. I didn’t really know what to expect even though I’d watched plenty of Discovery Channel shows about birthdays. The day dragged on, and on, and on. Friends came to visit, TV shows were watched. My wife sat patiently in her bed and breathed her way through the ebb and flow of labor contractions. And so we sat and waited for the arrival of our little one. We weren’t even sure if we were having a boy or a girl.
Finally, after nearly 12 hours of laboring and pushing and breathing the doctor decided that our baby wasn’t going to enter the world the traditional way. Less than an hour later little Xavier was delivered via c-section. We were parents…I was a Father. It was my very first Dadurday.
To Fathers around the world, I salute you. Enjoy every minute with your special gift. Remember the commitment you made and raise your son to be a loving caring gentleman. Raise your daughter to be a brave and bright woman who values a challenge. Teach your children that the world isn’t a perfect place, but with love, respect and kindness they can make the planet a better place. Challenge your children. Help them reach beyond their limits. Teach them that they have a warriors spirit that will fight fight for truth and justice.
Father’s…enjoy this special day!