Some days, it is still hard to believe I am a father. Let alone a dad to two children. Then, comes one like today that leaves me both proud and dumbstruck. My son, our first, turned 18. The same day John Lennon was born, in fact. When the ex-Beatle wrote the song, Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy), and released it on the 1980 album Double Fantasy, I couldn’t think it mattered. Yet, it has grown in me the only way this sentimental, poignant tune can, given the circumstances. I look upon it as I did with the small baby boy I once cradled in one arm. Blooms in a manner that breaks your heart as it swells in pride.
Happy Birthday, my son.
“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”