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  • Writer's pictureElijah Ricks

Reflections on Fatherhood

Avey will soon be 21 months old, meaning that I’ve been a father for close to two years. As I look back over this time, a lot of thoughts start swimming in my head. I suppose I could sum them up as follows:

“Brain feel squishy now. Need go ni- nights. No sleepin’ long time.”

Seriously though, Avey’s great. She may have her stubborn moments…

But mostly all I can remember are the beautiful moments…

I honestly can’t think of anything I could be doing that could be more fulfilling, fun, stressful, and meaningful. I am so happy and thankful to be part of this little wonderful experience that we call the Ricks Family!

Sundays are, in many ways, the busiest day of the week, so we celebrated yesterday. Kira gave me the day off to do anything I’d like, so I slept in for a bit, woke up to a delicious waffle breakfast, and then did a few things with my old chum from high school who’s in town for a few days. We then spent the evening as chaperons at a Youth dance. It was a very pleasant day, and so nice to be spoiled.

Kira surprised me with a quick detailing of both cars (badly needed) and bought us a toaster oven, which I have wanted for a very long time. We use it all the time now!

Avey has made it a memorable day too; she forgot to be thankful for me in her morning prayer (but remembered my sister’s boyfriend?), but made a really stinky poop for me to clean up. To make up for it, she let me rock her to sleep on and off for about 45 minutes though, and then ended up not taking a nap after all. I tell you; she’d be bored to death if she didn’t have my brain to mess with!

These will be great times to look back on. But with every month that goes by, I find myself feeling like it’s gone by far too fast. What a wonderful journey, though. I wouldn’t trade it for anything!


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