One of my students, Yoshi, just became a dad for the first time a week ago. He visited me in my office today and it was clear that joy was exuding from every pore in his body. I don’t ever recall seeing him that happy and content.
Yoshi’s son Emmett is an adorable cherub, as babies tend to be, and clearly the apple of his father’s eye. And Yoshi, well he is a changed man. Not that there was anything wrong with the man he was before – but now he is a parent.
I have been a parent so long that I sometimes forget the way becoming a parent changes you. Particularly the first time – the shift in your universe is so profound that it is almost surreal. I have heard it said that parenting is the toughest job you’ll ever love. Truer words were never uttered. Parenting can be exhausting and there are times when your adored offspring can fray your very last nerve, but at the end of the day children hold their parents’ hearts.
Yoshi with his daddy gear
I took a photo of Yoshi while he was in my office. I wanted to capture the daddy gear he was wearing around his neck for posterity – a pacifier on his lanyard. I love it when one of my emergency management students carries their commitment to preparedness across all aspects of their life. But what I ultimately captured in this photo of Yoshi was far better than his daddy gear – I captured the joy of a new parent. It is a beautiful thing.
Day one thousand five hundred and twenty-four of the new forty – obla di obla da