Barring an unexpected tragedy, this is the last week of my life as a non-dad. Girl Ninja’s due date is this Wednesday, but if little dude decides to camp out a bit longer, she’ll be induced eight days from now. Inspired by one of my friends who did the same thing, I’ve decided to write a letter to my unborn son.
Your mom and I are so excited to meet you. Every night before we go to bed I tell your mom that I’ll see her when she wakes me up to tell me it’s time to go to the hospital. Unfortunately, no such thing has happened. Before you make your grand entrance I thought there were a few things you should know.
1. Your mom is a great woman. The best actually. A few years after dating her, I remember thinking to myself, is this The One? I didn’t know how to answer that question since I had never been in love before. But when I caught my first few glimpses of her heart, and saw the way she loved the Lord, I knew I couldn’t let her go. When the time comes for you to consider marriage, my only prayer is that you wait patiently for someone like your mom. Someone that will put you second, and Jesus first. It’s worth the wait, I promise.
2. Honey bunches of oats is the best cereal ever made.
3. Life just keeps getting better and better. I remember being in high school, thinking that those four years would be the best of my life. They were… until I went to college. And my four years in college were the best of my life, until I graduated, got a job, and married your mom. And now here I am, pushing 30, thinking to myself, this is the best season of life yet. Have hope. Think the best of people. Forgive quickly. Believe in yourself. If you do that, you too will find yourself loving each new day, more than the one that preceded it.
4. Don’t ever go in to credit card debt. Seriously, ever. If you need to learn more, I’ve heard there is a really great blog out there called Punch Debt In The Face that can help you out.
5. There is a difference between, your/you’re and their/there/they’re. Your mom is a teacher by trade so I’m sure she’ll be teaching you how to properly use these words before you can even walk.
6. Technology is cool, but there is something even cooler. Outside. Spend a lot of time there. Disconnect and explore. You’ll be better for it.
7. Above all else, know that you are loved. Your mom and I haven’t had the privilege of meeting you yet (although I have talked to you quite a bit through her tummy), but I love you in a way that I can’t really describe. Normally it’s crazy to love something you’ve never experienced, but you, my dude, are the exception to the rule. You’re bound to make many mistakes over the course of your life, and although I may provide correction at times, know that you can never lose my love. I am your biggest fan.
See you soon,