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.
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…