Rainbows and Bindi Irwin

If you are a father, you understand all the challenges that are faced on a daily basis in bringing up your children.  There are many trials and tribulations that go with the job.  Today was a day that freaks parents out.  My son had to get surgery today at Buffalo’s Children’s Hospital.  No easy task as a parent to see your child go under the knife.  Being a faithful religious bloke, I prayed a bit that everything would turn out ok, etc…

As I was sitting in the pre-op room at Children’s, a rainbow appeared over Buffalo’s West Side.  It had been a long time since I’ve caught glimpse of a rainbow and this one was one of the best I had ever seen and wished I had my camera.  I look at things like this as signs…someone out there was telling me “Chris my freakie deekie friend, everything will be ok…”  And you know what,  everything worked out just fine.

Situations with your children like I wrote about above…at least for me…make you examine yourself in many ways and your role as a father.


Driving home from the hospital I heard about Steve Irwin’s funeral today and listened to a little clip of his daughter Bindi eulogizing him at a service down under in Australia.  It brought me to tears.

After things settled down at the palatial Byrd estate, I found the full text of what she said.

I hope when all is said and done for me on God’s good Earth, that my children will think of me in the same light…its sentiment is something as a parent we should all shoot for. The simplicity of it is profound.

My daddy was my hero. He was always there for me when I needed him. He listened to me and taught me so many things. But most of all, he was fun.

I know that daddy had an important job. He was working to change the world so everyone would love wildlife like he did.

He built a hospital to help animals, and he bought lots of land to give animals a safe place to live.

He took me and my brother and my mum with him all the time. We filmed together; caught crocodiles together; and loved being in the bush together.

I don’t want daddy’s passion to ever end. I want to help endangered wildlife just like he did. I have the best daddy in the whole world; and I will miss him every day.

When I see a crocodile, I will always think of him, and I know that daddy made this zoo so everyone could come and learn to love all the animals.

Daddy made this place his whole life. Now it’s our turn to help daddy.

Thank you.

Our children and how we help build their lives is the most important job on the planet…love them to the fullest extent you are capable of…there is no greater gift to them than that…

To Steve Irwin…ride on you son of gun…

4 thoughts on “Rainbows and Bindi Irwin

  1. i have never been affected like the way i have over steves death especially bindi i have a 5 year old and i couldnt think of how she would be without me i take my hat off to him it always happen to the good ones my thughts go out to terri and bindi such a bravelittle girl steve would be so proud steves legacy will never die rip steve irwin i wish i was half the man you were

  2. Greetings from Kuwait!
    I am amazed with the way Steve Irwin raised his kids and treated his wife. This man was amazing. I’m sure he’s proud of Bindi now. I remember being eight years old and at that age, you truly want to be brave and to show it. She is amazing, her mother is lucky to have her with her at this time.

    I hope when I have kids, they view me the way Bindi Irwin views her late father.

    Nice blog.

  3. No matter how much I try and come to the realization that Steve Irwin has passed I still cannot believe that it is true. Steve and Terri, though I never knew them, seemed to have a relationship that every couple would just dream about. Seeing them on TV together when they looked at each other it seemed like they were looking at each other for the first time and falling in love. They took that love and gave and passed it on to their children. I don’t think I will ever see another couple like Steve and Terri. They have raised their daughter Bindi like I always dreamed that I could raise my daughters with the upmost respect for others as for animals. My daughters were so impressed with her eulogy to her dad that they told me they wouldn’t know if they were able to do the same for their father or myself in that situation that they would probably fall apart. My heart bleeds for Terri, it breaks my heart. I cry everytime I watch them together on TV. I just pray everyday that god will give them the strength to carry on, to be happy and continue with their lives without Steve (daddy). I will pray for them every night. God Bless – May Steve be walking side by side with his family always.

  4. Rainbows are a reminder that God loves us.
    Bindi Irwin is much the creation of a very busy and important man. In reading and watching interviews over the years. I have learned Steve would stop board meetings for his kids and truly listen to them before returning to the meeting.
    Steve was famous for running everyone around him including Terri about as hard as they could go. Steves idea of cutting Terri slack was to rise at 3 or 4 AM and do a couple or 3 hours work before waking her. But Steve always slowed down enough Bindi and Robert could stay up. Terri spoke of Steve often taking 2 or 3 hours out of his usual 16 to 18 hour day just to play with Bindi and Robert.
    To understand Bindi’s speech in context you should know:
    Steve and Terri had taught Bindi by example to love some would say too much. Terri said she only loved all she could.
    Steve had taught Bindi to be careful around animals understanding their instincts but not to fear even predators. He had taught her to focus and control her emotions to the point he allowed her to head jump wild crocs, with him for backup, because she wanted to be just like daddy enough she had gone thru more Croc schools and stuck to discipline better than Steves professional staff.
    He had taught her to speak to people and cameras in a way that sounded a lot like Steve Irwin.
    By her own account Bindi’s tears upset her Dad and she had learned to control her emotions because crying upset her Daddy.
    Steve met Bindi in a dream days after he died under the tree in front of their house. He spoke to her of many things, and lastly he promised he would never leave her.
    On a day when grown men cried unashamed Bindi Irwin came believing her Dad was there and her tears would upset him and did not cry.
    Instead in the voice he had taught her she told the world how wonderful a Dad the man more recognisable to much of the world then many world leaders had been.

    Rainbows are a reminder God loves us.

    Bindi Irwin is a reminder it is impossible to love too much.

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