Nathaniel was walking down the steps today and I wasn’t even really paying much attention to him. We have pictures of John on the wall and Nathaniel started babbling “Daddy.” He kept repeating it and was pointing excitedly at the photos.
Then he stopped in the middle of the steps and made sure he had my attention and very loudly proclaimed,
“I LOVE DADDY!”
Smiling and fighting back tears, I told him that “I love Daddy too.”
I then said, “Your Daddy loved you very, very much.” To anybody who had the opportunity to witness John in fatherhood, it was clearly evident that Nathaniel was the most important thing in his life and what he loved the very most.
I then stopped and thought about what I’d just said… past tense… damn past tense.
I told Nathaniel, “Your Daddy loveS you very, very much.”
I picked him up and gave him a huge hug. Perhaps it is a bit of irony that 5 years ago, John & I announced that we’d take each other to be husband and wife.