Before I was a Dad

As a parent my self, this poem has really touched me, so even if is not about any sports, i am posting it, since parenting is more intense and needs much more commitment than any sport does:

Before I was a Dad
I made and ate hot meals.
I had unstained clothing.
I had quiet conversations on the phone.

Before I was a Dad
I slept as late as I wanted
And never worried about how late
I got into bed.
I brushed my hair and my teeth everyday.

Before I was a Dad,
I didn’t worry whether or not my
plants were poisonous.
I never thought about immunizations.

Before I was a Dad
I had never been pooped on,
Spit up on,
Chewed on,
Peed on,
Or pinched by tiny fingers.

Before I was a Dad
I had complete control of myself;
My thoughts,
My body,
And my mind.
I slept all night.

Before I was a Dad.
I never held down a screaming child
so that doctors could do tests or give shots.
I never looked into teary eyes and cried.
I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.
I never sat up late hours at night watching a baby sleep.

Before I was a Dad
I never held a sleeping baby just because I didn’t
want to put it down.
I never felt my heart break into a million pieces
when I couldn’t stop the hurt.
I never knew something so small could affect my
life so much.
I never knew that I could love someone so much.
I never knew I would love being a Dad.

Before I was a Dad,
I didn’t know the feeling of having my
heart outside my body.
I didn’t know how special it could feel
to feed a hungry baby.
I didn’t know that bond between a
Father and his child.
I didn’t know that something so small
could make me feel so important.

Before I was a Dad,
I had never gotten up in the middle of
the night every ten minutes to make
sure all was okay.
I had never known the warmth,
The joy,
The love,
The heartache,
The wonderfulment,
Or the satisfaction of being a Dad.

I didn’t know I was capable of feeling so
much before I was a Dad.

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About swimbikerun1
Devoted Father, Husband and Employee.Endurance sports fanatic (running,cycling,swimming).Triathlon athlete and coach.If only days had more than 24 hours.

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