Wednesday, September 5, 2007

THE LATEST DEAR SON LETTER

THE LATEST DEAR SON LETTER
Dear yet-to-be-named son,I’ve held off writing a big update for quite some time now, and you are the reason. See, from time to time, I send out a big e-mail to let everyone know about life in Raleigh, the happenings with Amy, the quality of waves on the coast and other such vagaries of life. You (being the single biggest piece of news in my life, ever) are the sort of subject that is perfect for the mass e-mail. I could tell everyone about you and how the possibilities for you are endless and how you gave me and your mom a “thumbs up” at the ultra sound appointment yesterday.But I have sort of dragged my feet on this, little man. See, since we found out about you, I’ve been trying to concoct the perfect update. I wanted it to be funny, touching, inspiring… one of those things that gets forwarded around the internet and attributed to someone famous like Kurt Vonnegut. I wanted this update to be the “always wear sunscreen” of 2007.The reason I wanted this update to be so grand is because you, my boy, are so very exciting. You are the best thing that has happened to me in a life that has been filled with pretty awesome things. You, little man, are already so special to me that I want your first e-mail to do you justice. Wanting to make the e-mail perfect makes it hard for me to write.Now, seeing as how I am your dad, and charged with teaching you things, I bet I can dig a few lessons out of this. I could teach you about letting go of pre-conceived notions and embracing whatever the future will hold. I could talk about letting the perfect get in the way of the good. But the irony here, son, is that you are the one teaching me things. Even before you are born, you have been dropping lessons left and right. Aside from this lesson you taught me about trying to make your first e-mail perfect, here is a smattering of other things I have learned since your arrival:Any question about my status as an adult ended the day I heard your heartbeat.Even though it sounds a bit trite, family really is the most important thing. Right now, you live with your mom, me and a doggy named kashi. But really, your family is so much bigger than that. You also have aunts and uncles and grandparents and tons of friends and thousands of people (some of which we don’t even know yet) who, over the course of your life will be weaved into the fabric of your family.Babies are impressed by the weirdest things. Your cousin Oliver, who is one year old this week, thinks his dad is the coolest when he makes incredible hulk noises (RRRRRGGGGGHHH!)Other things, like taking (and hopefully passing) the bar exam, seem silly in comparison to you.Books about babies and parenting are everywhere. They are a little weird and sometimes the pictures make me woozy.So we got a lot to get to before February comes and you have a lot of growing to do. The perfect e-mail may have eluded me today, but I’ll keep trying. In fact, you have an e-mail account. I’ll keep sending e-mails to littlecircosta@hotmail.com and maybe some other folks will as well. I love you, son, and I’ll talk to you soon.Yours truly,Dad

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