I made it. Tomorrow my son gets married and I will be there to enjoy the occasion with the whole family. In my line of work, I always wonder if I’m going to make it home each night because I drive 70,000 miles a year and this last month has been particularly risky. I see no reason to recount all the hazards I avoided on the road so let’s just say I’m thankful to be here and I am really looking forward to the big day.
Thomas is the best son I could ever hope for and I am eternally grateful that he kept looking until he found Leah. She makes him better in every imaginable way and her daughter Verity has transformed him into a wonderful father, which makes me very happy. It wasn’t that many years ago that I was beginning to think he might go the confirmed bachelor route because babies worried him.
I remember how it felt when he was born and how much I depended on my wife for guidance. I had no clue what to do but she was all over it. My wife was a fantastic mother from day one, which helped make up for my failings as a first-time father. I was working sixty hours a week then so she could stay home full-time and that worked well for both of us. Slowly but surely, I got used to being a dad and by the time he was two I wanted to spend every minute I could with him because he was just that much fun. Thomas has been with Verity for almost her whole life and I can see a similar transformation.
I spend every day working with children and most of the time I truly enjoy the experience. I get lots of hugs, a few tears and more than a little childish behavior but all of it is meaningful and worthwhile. To see my son become a dad is one of the highlights of my life. Every man should be so lucky. Tomorrow, I get to give the message at their wedding ceremony and I have a very special one in mind. My speaking skills are not equal to my writing skills so please pray for me tomorrow around 5 o’clock. The good news is he has already learned everything I needed to teach him so now I get to revel in the moment. I can’t possibly say it any better than Paul McCartney did when he wrote his great song I Will, “Love you forever and forever. Love you with all my heart. Love you whenever we’re together. Love you when we’re apart.”
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