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This year it will be my first Father's Day. A day that I've always celebrated the coolest, toughest, kindest man, my father.
I've always looked up to my dad as some kind of god; a man that could do anything he put his mind to. Last fall when I was on the phone with him, like I am everyday, he told me he had cancer. My world began to spin. My dad has cancer? At age 54, I still thought my dad had many more years before something serious happened. I began to panic. What would I do if he dies. Who will lead me? During this time my wife was pregnant with our first child. Would I do the right things? What if he doesn't even get to meet my son? I lived in fear for months. My son was born on 3-8-17 at 1:14 pm. Time stood still as I watched him enter the world & cry for the first time. He was born a month early at a 3lbs 15oz. He had to go to the NICU because of his weight. As I walked down to the NICU with my son, I was reminded by a picture of my dad. Him in a seat hooked up to get chemo. My dad had a calm look on his face with a soft smile, & the caption read, "The look of courage.” My dad has always taken life on the chin. His parents died at a very young age; they were poor fruit pickers, and my dad didn't have shoes till he was 8. He's a self made man. I remember the word "courage" running through my head as I set in the NICU with my sweet little boy signing papers for him. I was his leader. Because of the chemo treatment, my dad was not able to be there when my son was born. For 3 months I waited, worried, feared. I will never forget the day he came to visit. He walked through the door & my wife handed Roman to my dad. It signaled the end of his treatment and the beginning of a new bond. His face was priceless. This year has not been easy. But it's the courage my father carried that has given me the example to face my fears of Father Hood. I hope that one day Roman will get to look up at me during a hard time and see "The Look of Courage" on my face like my father had. I am honored to be a father & to have been led by such an incredible one.
Happy Father's Day