I haven’t written a blog post since June 12th. My laptop has been sitting on a side table for over a month. I have passed by and glanced at it innumerable times since then. I just haven’t had the urge to write. I have been fully immersed in raising a toddler as a stay-at-home-dad, and that has kept me more than busy. He is now 27 months old and becoming such a handful. His speech has increased dramatically and his motor skills are highly impressive at times. We are learning to play tee-ball and lacrosse, running races, exploring for animals and insects, and enjoying learning words, shapes, colors, and numbers.
The necessity of seeing the world on his level has allowed me to return to a child-like consciousness. I am seeing everything through a new lens, and as if I am seeing them for the first time. It is a good reminder of the miraculous intricacies all around us. I have learned more about insects in the past few months than I have in the first thirty years of my life. This experience is also a reminder that there is ALWAYS something to learn. The world is full of so many minute details that we take for granted. I am so grateful for the opportunity to see the world anew once again.
My wife turned 28 years old on July 4th, and has become a freelance web-developer and mindset coach. She will also be starting a coding course with JHU this August. To top it all off, she is pregnant with our second child. She thinks it will be a girl, however, my son and I think that it will be another boy. I am hopeful for another boy, because it is in my comfort zone coming from a family of four boys. The idea of having a girl is almost too hard for me to imagine. I’m sure that if we did end up having a girl, that I would be smitten from the beginning and would soon enjoy a new childcare experience. I am fine with either one, as long as they are happy and healthy.
It has been a year since the passing of my father, and not a day goes by that I don’t miss him dearly. He would have had so much fun with his grandson. One of my brothers is modeling in New York, and surfing daily in Rockaway. My oldest brother has three young children, is working for the DOD, and lives in Georgetown. My youngest brother is a merchant mariner in Texas. Because of the pandemic, we have not seen each other in almost six months. I am excited for a much-needed reunion when things normalize.
My life now revolves around my toddler and taking care of the needs of my pregnant wife who is wearing many hats. I find solace in not being the center of my world. Living for others is truly a humbling experience. I am so lucky to be able to spend so much time with my family. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I am looking forward to things normalizing and being able to see my family and friends again on a regular basis. That’s all for now, and in retrospect I am grateful that these are the only things to report on for the past month. Onward and upward and wishing everyone a happy, healthy summer.