My Creation and Greatest Teacher
“Oh my God,” was my reaction when my girlfriend told me she was pregnant. The fear I felt, after receiving this news, was unlike anything I had ever felt. I asked myself, “am I ready for this?” My reply was, “no, but you better get ready.” Little did I know I was in for the greatest ride of my life. I strapped into the seat of this new role on October 21, 2002. That was the day my son, Gabriel Knight O’Connor was born. He took his first breath of air that morning at 3:20 am. He was twenty-one inches long and weighed 7lbs and 2 oz. I could not explain the love I felt for someone I had never met. The fear I had carried with me to this day transformed into joy when I saw my son for the first time. The ride had officially begun and it did not matter if I was tall enough, so I held on. This became the day my life truly began and my greatest creation became my greatest teacher.
Two days after Gabriel was born we were allowed to take him home, away from the safety the hospital provided for us and into the world. With every step we made out of the hospital, the fear began to grow. Alexa and I spent twenty minutes assuring his seat was strapped in properly, facing the correct way and ready for his first ride in a car. We started the car and off we went to begin this new adventure. When we parked in front of our one bedroom apartment, I turned to Gabriel and said, “welcome to your new home.”
It was a beautiful day; the sun was peeking through the clouds to welcome our new family home. We all shared the same room with his crib rested next to our bed. The first week or so was tiring, as we all adjusted to this new stage in our lives together. His big blue beautiful eyes and magnificent smile would welcome me every morning. His smile was so stimulating it could cause a transformation for Mr. Scrooge. I had never been so happy in my life than I was at that moment.
We awoke to cries from our little angel at 6:00 am and as...