It’s Friday, loyal readers, which means the moment you’ve all been waiting for is finally here. Ok, that might be a bit dramatic. Let’s say it’s the moment you’ve thought about no less than twice, but no more than four times over the last 3 days. Does that sound about right? Well, I won’t keep you in suspense any longer. Ok, that’s a lie. I’m going to keep you in suspense for as long as it takes you to figure it out from the following story. Here we go!
I can’t believe it’s happening again.
Those words bounced around my mind as if they were the only thoughts inhabiting the place. My feet followed suit as they took turns propelling my knees up and down. This wasn’t my first rodeo, yet the nerves I thought I had trained well enough were now disobeying my commands. I tried to calm them, but it was no use. They were operating on their own this morning and there was nothing I could do about it.
Jen sat next to me, inexplicably relaxed. At least that’s how she appeared from the outside. Much like a duck on the water however, there was no doubt that below the surface those little feet were going a mile a minute. I suppose no matter how much you prepare yourself for something like this, when the moment comes it’s nearly impossible to control your emotions.
Walking into the room brought on a sense of deja vu, and for a brief moment I wondered if perhaps this was a dream. If I pinch myself right now, will I wake up? The moment quickly passed as the door behind me closed and Jen and I took our seats next to one another. I scanned the room. I’d been here before, but it had been quite a while since our last visit and there were changes. I rested my elbow on the counter top to my left and noticed the new, big screen TV on the wall in front of me.
“Wow, looks like they’ve upgraded since the last time.” I said to Jen as she attempted to make herself comfortable.
The door opened and a woman we had never met before entered and introduced herself. She made small talk as she took a seat to Jen’s right and began preparing for the job at hand. She asked the standard questions which we answered quickly with a side of nervous laughter. This was the big moment, she didn’t really expect witty repartee, did she?
The lights dimmed and the TV turned on. I could feel my heart pounding so forcefully in my chest I could swear it was audible to anyone in the room. Jen took a deep breath as she reached over and gripped my hand. The feel of her fingers in mine sent me flashing back to the first time. My heart beat loudly that day too. God, how it was loud!
Just then, I was brought back to the present by a sound so similar to that of the drum beat in my chest. This sound was much lighter and quicker however, but absolutely recognizable. Another heartbeat. I felt Jen’s hand squeeze mine and as if it were some sort of signal, I knew it was safe to look up at the TV. And there it was. The unmistakable, undeniable, unbelievably beautiful profile of our baby.
That’s right dear friends, The Wordslinger is going to be a Daddy…again!!
And here’s the proof.