Saturday, November 28, 2009

Emotions are a Funny Thing

People always tell you that when you become a parent, things change. What I always took this to mean was that you have less time to yourself, your house always looks like someone picked it up and shook it, and you learn how to change a poopy diaper while talking on the phone and making dinner at the same time. What I didn't realize, is that becoming a parent would make me appreciate things differently.

There have been a couple things over the past week that have made me take notice of this change. First, was the story of the 15 month old Toronto boy who fell to his death at the airport. Second, Nolana and I watched the movie My Sister's Keeper. I found myself on the verge of tears both times as I thought of having to go through losing a child, either slowly through cancer or quickly in a fall. Normally, I would have thought to myself, "Man, that is sad" or "That sucks" and probably sloughed off a movie such this one as emotional kitsch. And while I can still recognize the cheeseyness of a movie such as the one I mentioned, there is something there that touches me as I realize how heartbroken I would be if we lost Daija.

I guess as I 'mature', I'm getting a little softer in more areas than just my gut. Emotions are a funny thing.


The Renegade Librarian said...

You and me both, and I don't even have a kid yet! Experiences and aging change you, as I'm sure having a child does as well. I see things differently even than I did a couple years ago!

Daddio said...

Welcome to the club, my boy. Do you remember us telling you about a couple "near death" experiences you had as a baby? We, my reaction (over-reaction) was because of those emotions :)

Live long and prosper.