7.30.2012

37 weeks--from Mr. Wilson

I had the idea for Josh to write a blog post, and I was giddy when he agreed.


Charlotte has invited me to contribute to her blog. I think she phrased it "visiting author emeritus," but it also might have been "guest writer." She also asked that I be serious.

I'll have to admit that her request is leaving me here with blogger's block. It turns out that jokes and quips are a defense mechanism I employ to avoid communicating any emotion or conveying anything about what I am feeling. How about a thought experiment?

Those who know me, take a minute and imagine a hypothetical. You are observing me speaking with someone, and I am suddenly asked a question where the only socially acceptable response would be me expressing an emotion. For example, "Josh, how is your marriage?" In your mind's eye (or ear) what was my response? Did I express my love for Charlotte and the feelings of devotion I harbor for her, which seem to grow stronger all of the time? Or did you imagine that I said something different, perhaps you imagined that my response to the question was something like, "Interminable."? So there is my point.

She wanted me to write about my thoughts on the upcoming birth of our child. When you consider the amount of emotion that is carried in a genuine answer to that query, you'll believe me when I say that writing this is a monumental internal struggle. Not because I am trying to express feelings that I don't have, but rather because I am feeling so much and I am trying to push all of it out of what has always been such a tiny outlet, like the pressure from a fire hose behind one of those plastic nozzles used to fill small water balloons.

I can't believe how much I care about someone whom I haven't met yet. Already I know that I am going to do anything to be sure that he is safe and loved and cared for. I feel relieved that I have Charlotte to share this responsibility with, and I know that she feels the same. I can't wait to teach him everything I know. I also know that it won't always be easy. Sometimes he'll need someone to play Mario Kart with, and that responibility will likely fall to me. (Hmmm. . . a joke. Old habits, I guess.) Son, I love you, and I'll do my best to be the kind of dad that I had, so that you will always feel safe and wanted at home.

That was a lot of emotion just now. I'm feeling a little dizzy, so I'd better go lie down.

-Josh

11 comments:

m.estelle said...

stop it right now. josh is the best. this is the best. i love you both so so much! we'll be seeing the three of you IN JUST A COUPLE OF WEEKS. xoxoox

Nikki said...

Love this! Theres only a few times where i'v seen josh get in touch with his emotions! and im glad Charlotte you got it written down!

Ande said...

a) I know feel sure that we could be couples friends. Joe most definitely would say something like "interminable" in response to a marriage question.
b) You're going to have a baby soon. Like really soon. Whoa.
c) This was adorable.
d) So is that fabric from the previous post.

Denise said...

Josh, this was just what I needed to read at the end of a long and somewhat arduous day. Knowing that you are taking such good care of Charlotte and little Babe just warms this mother's heart. Thank you for loving my precious little girl.

Katelyn said...

aw yes. i knew i loved you platonically.

paws said...

I'm in a knitting frenzy. What'll it be for your little babe? Toy? Sweater? Hat? I'd love to make your little man something.

Jessica said...

Ha ha! Nice job Josh!

Jill said...

Very sweet.

Samara said...

Wonderful to know how Dad-to-be is feeling! Thank you for sharing! It was very sweet.

michelle said...

I love that you had this idea and that Josh complied. What a great thing to have recorded!

emily k said...

ahhh...precious!

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