My Promise to You

My Dearest Child:

I know you have not met me yet, but I am certain you have heard my voice. I am that weird noise you hear echoing on the other side of your mother’s tummy. Sometimes you have heard me singing to you; please do not be alarmed by this sound, I feel you may love music more if I continue to do this. I really hope my singing does not have the opposite effect, and music ends up annoying you. Music is one of life’s great joys, and if I could urge you to dance to the beat of your own drum or write the lyrics to your own song, I would.

Ahhh yes, life. You have already begun yours, but you will not officially be introduced to this world for at least 5 more months, and that is okay. You need this time to develop the vehicle that you will use to move around this world. You might be wondering what I mean when I say, “this world”. Soon you will begin to see it for yourself, and each day will be an exploration of firsts. The world goes by many names and you will hear people refer to it as our planet, or by the title Earth. It’s a very exciting place, but can also be very scary. Don’t worry though, your mom and I will do our best to help you face your fears, and keep you out of harms way. This essentially will be our main role and purpose in life until you are capable of facing it alone. It will be tough for us to let you do this alone, especially after we become so accustomed to doing it for you. Please know that we love you, and just want what every parent wants for their child; for them to be happy.

Your happiness is of the utmost importance to me and I am sure it is the same for your mother, even though you are not making her too happy right now. On a side note, if you could like ice cream, this would go a long way with her, and make us both a lot happier. As for your happiness, my promise to you is to be the best father I can be for you. For me, this means to lead by example. I will give you all the tools necessary and instill core values to help you compass the world, but there will come a time when you will have to walk your own path. When that time comes, I hope you challenge me and question everything that you need answers to. I promise you that I will do the same for you. I will try my best to not be overbearing and push my beliefs and wants onto you. I want you to discover your own, and push the limits of whatever direction you choose. If I can teach you anything, it will be to callus your mind and open your heart, as this is where the boundaries of impossibilities exist. We will do this together, and as a family we will enjoy many of life’s great pleasures and joys.

“There are two things we should give our children: one is roots and the other is wings.”

-Author unknown-

I don’t know if you will be a boy or a girl, but this doesn’t matter to me. My promises are the same, and until the day comes when you’re older and become more responsible for your direction, I will be by your side. I promise to protect you with every breath of my being, and love you with every beat of my heart. I will enjoy watching you explore and develop into a young adult. I will always be there whenever you need me, and will cherish the time I get to spend with you. Time is fleeting and the memories we create with you will be my most valued. I can’t wait to meet you.

Until we finally meet, I pray that you continue to grow strong and develop beautifully. I hope that you go a little easier on your mother as she is doing a lot of work to give you the building blocks you need. Be sure to thank her someday. Again, maybe you could tolerate ice cream once a month. If you are a boy, I can’t stress to you how important ice cream is in a woman’s life. You should learn this early. If you are a girl, then how come you don’t like ice cream? I feel I will have a lot to learn about you, but I do promise to be as inquisitive about you as you are about the world around you. Until the time comes for us to meet, I will continue to sing and talk to you. I will count the days and wait patiently to embrace that moment when my whole world will change. Until then, sweet dreams my child.

Love your father.

Your Parents: Botanical Gardens – Victoria, British Columbia.

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