Saturday, June 20, 2009
HAPPY 14th BIRTHDAY RICHARD!
It was a typical gray June morning in Tacoma, Washington. There was a drizzle of rain falling and fog had rolled in off of the water of the Puget Sound. At Tacoma General Hospital a very tired 38 year old Marianne was in labor. Dee and I had left the house quietly at 3:30 in the morning while our four daughters and my mother slept soundly.
I had always been a trooper in labor never asking for more than the bare minimum in pain relief.
This time was different.
I felt old and drained.
I asked for an epidural.
I marveled at its' power.
At 11:30 am a sweet little cry was heard. It was our one and only son coming into the world!
9 lbs. 4 oz. of beautiful wonder!
He was a hungry little guy right off, sucking and chewing on his chubby fist as they cleaned him up. Then he downed and entire ounce of formula. He had all of the nurses eating out of his hand!
Richard has been a pure joy for all of us since he joined us June 20, 1995. He came from heaven blessed with the gifts of love, compassion, tenderness, and spirituality. These gifts have blessed our lives and helped him through some pretty deep trials of his own.
Today he returned triumphant from scout camp having earned merit badges, and full of funny camp stories to tell. Tomorrow he will be interviewed to advance in the Aaronic Priesthood to the office of Teacher.
Where has my baby gone?
He has become that marvelous young man I see!