The Love For My Son
August 7, 2011 Leave a comment
During Renee’s pregnancy, I never really had a deep bonding with this baby that I’d never seen and only periodically thought about throughout the day. For Renee it was entirely different since she had this being growing inside her. He was always present for her and there was a special bond developing and growing over those nine months.
It began for me in one precise moment, a moment I will never forget. When his head first appeared in our world, that 1 second moment, I knew he was mine and that I already loved him in a protective and sacrificing way more than anything else in the world. It really is hard to explain – unless you’ve experienced it then you know what I mean.
What’s so strange about this for me? I don’t even know him. I mean, even now after three weeks, he can’t talk to me, engage me or reciprocate my love in any way. He can’t yet even look me in the eye. All he does is sleep, eat and poop and while he is the master of all three, it’s all he can do and my interactions with him are exclusively caring for those three needs. So why this deep, overwhelming emotional connection? There is one attribute of a child that is unique about any other relationship or connection we can have – with pets, friends, partners, parents – that our children came from us, we made them, they are uniquely part of us and for me there seems to be an innate “protective and sacrificing” love that does not and cannot apply to anyone or anything else in exactly the same way.
There’s another new and exciting realization from this experience – a deeper appreciation, understanding and bond with my own parents, particularly my mother, for the sacrifice, commitment, guidance and love that she had and continues to have for me. I never really even thought about what it meant to be a parent, much less having an appreciation for the 42-year sacrifice, protection and guidance that has dominated my mother’s life.
My favorite time with Jack now is when he is awake and alert while I’m holding him, usually after feeding. In the span of one minute, his facial expressions gyrate across an entire spectrum that seems to communicate happiness, sadness, laughter, fear, constipation, joy, anger, wonderment, confusion, rage, contentment, exhaustion and anticipation. I watch him intently seeing not only the physical features that are uniquely Renee or uniquely me, but also the emotional expressions that resemble us as well. I think about him growing up and visualize various stages of his life when we can play together, when I embarrass him in front of his girlfriend, seeing him graduate, imagining what his personal and professional passions will be and worrying about whether he will be happy in life.
But for now I’m content to cherish each day, as every day that passes is one that he is growing up and that is forever in the past.
One thing is for sure, I love my son.