I remember very clearly the first time that Lori and I professed that we really loved each other. No…I don’t remember the exact year, but it was New Years Eve. I am lucky enough that it happened on a particular date that nobody can forget…New Years Eve. BFD.. for all I care , it could have happened on Hallowen, or Valentines Day, or Sadie Halkins Day…I really don’t care. What I do care about is that we did, and still do, love each other.
I also remember the day that my son was born. May 20,….once again, I can’t recall the exact year, but I do remember the day. ( In my defense, I can also tell you my exact birthdate, month, day, and year, but I have long since forgotten how old I am in years, and I really don’t care!) I tend to remember the really important times in my life, and I have come to realize that, at least for me, exactly when something happened doesn’t matter nearly so much as that it actually happened.
Well, today another major milestone happened! I found out a few hours ago that Kris, my son, and Marika, a very important addition to my sons life, are about to bring another life into this world! I can’t even to begin to express how I really feel. I do remember when Lori and I first thought that Lori might be “in a family way”. I think I called the doctors office so many times on the day that the test results were due that I broke some records! Those kind of results come back a lot faster these days, but I will never forget how I felt when I got the definite news. I had no idea what my face must have looked like then, but now I think I know. I will never forget this image… My son was slightly behind me, looking at me over my left shoulder, his face somewhat red, but absolutly beaming…..the exact words are somewhat personal, but the message was clear…….
Kris, I love you more than I even begin to know how to express. Marika, when I see you and my son together, and the honest love and affection that you have for each other, I am overwhelmed. And now, the two of you, Kris and Marika, are bringing another life into this world. I will never forget this moment! Kris… as I told you earlier today, and these same thoughts go out to Marika, the best thing that ever happened to me in my life was having a child. And now, to see my son, grown up, and someone that I am so proud of, to be able to be rewarded with this love that you and Marika share, and to have this love be so blessed with the honor of creating another life…..there are no words that can truely capture this feeling.
Kris, when you were about 8 years old, I tried to write a song that expressed how I felt about being a father. No matter how hard I tried, It seemed that I just couldn’t put the words and music together that really captured all the emotions that I felt. I only performed that song once in public, and I was in tears by the time I finished it. Even though I never felt that the song did justice to what I wanted to say, I still got very emotional about the message I was trying to get across. Well, by coincidence, or maybe by fate(?) I came across that song recently when I was going through some old notes in my studio. As I read through the lyrics, I realized that I really had captured the emotions that I was looking for, and I had written them in the very first verse of the song:
“A child is love made visible, and you are here to see”
Wow, what a day! I love you both, and I am so excited about being a grandpa! This is way to cool! This is my website, so I can repeat myself if I want to, right? Yeah? OK then…I love you both….uhh I mean, you three!