So I was out mowing my front lawn and I let Christopher do something he has never done before. I let him ride his bike on the street without me hovering over him. We live on a quiet street. Not much traffic. But we get it all the same, and so I usually have to watch him closely. But today I decided I was gonna let him loose. Granted, I was in the front yard and watching, however I wasn’t hovering. So as I was watching him cruise up and down the street, I realized something…
Life from when he was born to now has been me watching him do everything for the first time. From the first time he sat up on his own, to the first time he fed himself, to the first time he took a step, to the first time he shot a basketball and made it. Everything he does or has done up to this point is brand new. And I get to watch it happen.
From here, it continues. From riding a bike without training wheels to going to a new school to going on a date to driving a car to moving out of the house. On and on it will go. Some of their new experiences I will get to see. Some of them I won’t. But my hope for both of my kids is that they experience life as much as they can and enjoy it.
Today is Mother’s Day. A day to celebrate what my mom means to me and what my wife means for our family. Both of the women in my life play an immense role in who I am and what I appreciate in my life. My Mother taught me how to be the gentleman that I am. How to appreciate a woman’s role in the family and how important that role is for kids to see and understand. My wife makes sure that I stay true to myself, helping me learn how to be a good father and a partner in a lifetime of unexpected turns and twists.
Both of these women are so important to me that to ever look the other way would certainly be the most disgraceful thing I could ever do. Thankfully I would never consider ever doing such a thing. So to my Mom I say “Thank You!” for making me the best person you could help me be. And to my wife, Stephanie, I say “Thank You” for being such a wonderful partner and mother to our 2 beautiful children. With so many “firsts” to go, I can’t think of anyone I would rather share them with.
To my wife and my wonderful children, I dedicate the lyrics of this song, because I believe that there is so much for us to accomplish and see, and although I won’t be there always, I can’t wait to see what you do next! And I dedicate this song to myself from my Mom, because I really believe the way she raised me was the best way. She let me take the steps I needed to take, no matter how hard it was to let me do it on my own. But if I ever faltered, she was there to soften the blow. And that is the best thing a parent can do for a child, I think…
I love you Mom! Happy Mother’s Day!
“Can’t Go Back Now” by The Weepies
(to hear the song, go to my myspace site at http://www.myspace.com/alntv)
Yesterday, when you were young,
Everything you needed done was done for you.
Now you do it on your own
But you find you’re all alone,
What can you do?
You and me walk on
Cause you can’t go back now.
You know there will be days when you’re so tired that you can’t take another step,
The night will have no stars and you’ll think you’ve gone as far as you will ever get
But you and me walk on
Cause you can’t go back now
And yeah, yeah, go where you want to go
Be what you want to be,
If you ever turn around, you’ll see me.
I can’t really say why everybody wishes they were somewhere else
But in the end, the only steps that matter are the ones you take all by yourself
And you and me walk on
Yeah you and me walk on
Cause you can’t go back now
Walk on, walk on, walk on
You can’t go back now