I wasn’t always sure I wanted you.
Oh, sorry about that. Where are my manners? Hi, I’m your dad. Nice to meet you. I’m the owner of that loud voice you’re probably already sick of. If you can even hear. Honestly, I’m not even sure you have ears yet because I hate those baby development charts and I don’t look at them.
As I was saying, I wasn’t really sure I wanted you. I know that’s a horrible first impression I’m making, but it’s the truth. You see, You are my first child, am only 22 and a little nervous about this “parenting thing”… but the reality is staring me full in the face, here you are. Am happy about that somehow.
Your mom and I are so excited to meet You in a few months. I just want you to know how much I love you, cherish you, and care for you even though I have not yet seen you. There are a lot of scary things happening in this world, and I pray that you will not have to face any of them alone, let alone at all.
I can't wait, when you finally meet Lynne my sister's daughter (Makes her my daughter as much as she is to her mom). She has more kindness, empathy, and emotional intelligence than any 10 adults put together. She is patient, a great teacher, and so full of love she’s in danger of bursting. She’ll be your guide and best friend. I hope so. (I love her, I just had to tell you something about her before you meet this gorgeous girl in person.)
And your mother? Well, she’s a saint. And a gorgeous saint at that. But as beautiful as she is on the outside, she’s even more spectacular on the inside. I don’t have to tell you that though. You literally know what I mean.
You’re not entering a rich family so I can’t promise you a carefree life detached from financial struggles. You won’t have the finest things, occasionally you’ll have to go without, and some days we’ll barely scrape by. But there is one thing I can promise you with complete certainty. You’re being born into a family filled with love. Passionate, unyielding, copious amounts of love and loyalty that we’re never afraid to express. From your parents (Your Mom and I) to your siblings (Lynne and Alicia) to your grandparents and beyond, love will comfort you and cushion you far better than a life of riches and luxury ever could. So welcome, my little one. You’re the last piece of the puzzle and the world is waiting. Stay safe and grow strong and healthy.
One last thing you should know — it doesn’t matter if you’re a boy or a girl. As long as you love Science, Computers, and Basketball.