by Earlie Doriman
I could not exactly describe how excited I was to know that my wife was pregnant to our first child. But I know it was so fulfilling, and that made us both in tears. Similarly at the labour ward, I could not simply contain the miracle that was about to happen, it was a mixture of happiness and anxiety - happiness to see our first son and hear his first cry; and the feeling of anxiety for my wife, who handled the long and painful hours of labour. Nevertheless, everything was a blessing laid in a proper place. My wife and my son were very much fine, and my journey to fatherhood officially commenced.
We have two wonderful kids now – and if you ask me how is it to be a father of two young and energetic boys, maybe the first words I could utter is – ‘IT’s TOUGH’. Yet, I guess most fathers share the same feelings. Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining but just being honest that parenting is not an easy responsibility. There are certainly times that you could feel you no longer have time for yourself, where having enough sleep is no longer a priority, and changing nappies are expected episodes in the middle of the night. But what is so emotional and rewarding about it is that, you know your child every minute of his life, every breath that he takes, the meaning of each cry he makes, the joy of the smile on his face, and the stare that only parents could tell what it means.
I am deeply blessed to experience this gift of fatherhood. Being a father, I have the opportunity to nurture my children the way I dream of them to be and it gives me unlimited occasions to appreciate life with them. I am not a perfect dad, I have my own weaknesses as a person but I always ask God to provide me wisdom and compassion to guide them according to his will.
To my dad and to all Dads around the world, HAPPY FATHER’s DAY. Continue to celebrate the blessing of fatherhood.