Alex and his family comes over and Darlene and I both sit in amazement and pride at where we all are today.
Alex has taken on a lot, he takes responsibility for not only Tyler but Kristy's girls too. He and Kristy are good parents. Truth is I think Alex has more patience than I did as a new dad and he didn't get to grow with the situation. He jumped into the deep end with girls that are 8 and 9 plus add in a new baby.
It's funny for us to hear him talk about sitting at the scorers table during the girls basketball games. We melt when we see him walking Tyler and talking softly when Tyler is fighting sleep. The girls play games at our house and fight over Darlene's new I-Pad. Tyler is inquisitive, normal baby, touch it, grab it, put it in your mouth.
Darlene and I talked last night after they left following the Super Bowl. We know the old saying, "Pride goeth before the fall." But we can't help but think back to a time not that long ago and feel the intense fear and know how far away we are from that today. But today is what we get and we have learned to relish in the actions and gifts we are given in the moment.
A big point of personal learning for me has been to be able to accept the concept sometimes what you are given is all you get and all someone has to give. Alex has given me the gift of life. I have learned to accept it day to day. I have all my life to be sad, angry and impatient. Maybe tomorrow I'll be that way but today I am choosing to be happy, proud and grateful.