Thursday, July 01, 2004


Sappy Dad Moment

Last night The Wife and I raided the attic to retrieve the bassinet, in preparation for The Girl. (She’s due any time now.) We assembled it, and it’s sitting in what will be The Girl’s room.

Okay, I admit it. It’s hard not to get a little weepy seeing the bassinet again.

This morning, as I was trying to herd The Boy out the door, The Wife decided to show him the bassinet, and to put a teddy bear in it. The Boy made the requisite “aww…” sounds, but it was all I could do to stay composed.

He’s taller than the basket now. I remember when he looked so small inside it.

I’m inordinately proud of The Boy, and take delight in each new step forward (last night he “read” books to us! He memorized the words, and even threw in commentary, pointing at pictures!), but something about going back to the beginning like that just puts a lump in my throat. It’s hard to believe he was ever that small.

Sorry. I just couldn’t focus on much else today.

When my daughter outgrew her first size of infant clothes, I tucked them into boxes to put in our storage trailer. At some moment, I realized that this was not like putting the winter clothes away until next year. This was a first good-by to never-to-come-again phases.
In 2012, she graduates. My life with this child has gone breathtakingly quickly, punctuated by bittersweet transitions, each shaded by joy and grief. The cup that holds my joy, carved by sorrow.
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