What Does Being a Father Mean to Me?
- It means cleaning poopy diapers
- It means being there when my children need me
- It means wrestling and tickling them when I come home from work
- It means cleaning up vomit when they’re sick in bed
- It means playing catch in the back yard
- It means soaking up all their smiles, giggles, hugs, and snuggles
- It means reading them a book every night
- It means remembering their birthdays…and angel days
- It means proudly telling people how many kids I have when people ask, and how old they are…or would be
- It means pain
- It means being strong for my family
- It means crying
- It means joy!
My first son was born in 2008, perfect, beautiful, and wonderful. He has grown into a willful, smart, athletic boy.
My second son was born in 2012, also perfect, beautiful, and wonderful. He will never grow into the amazing man I know he would be. He was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome and 49 and a half hours after he was brought into this world, he left it. I carry him always in my heart.
Sometimes being a good father means doing what’s best for your family. This may mean allowing your child to have the best quality of life they can, rather than quantity. For others, it may mean allowing themselves to have some respite, relax, and time with their families. Families, like people, need love, nourishment, and rest to thrive. Crescent Cove can provide these things to families who are in need of respite, support, and understanding.
Crescent Cove thanks Alan Wilson for writing this beautiful blog.