I was stumbling through my archives last night and ran across this prenatal piece I wrote for Titus Lee.
I imagine that he’ll grow quickly. We all do. He’ll learn to eat solid food soon, learn to say “scared” instead of “scarwed.” He’ll have a first grade Sarah. They’ll be destined for marriage until he meets his fourth grade Emily, and so on. He might play piano or guitar or he might dunk a basketball. In high school, he might be in show-choir like his momma. They’ll sing Smells Like Teen Spirit, and he’ll tell us how much he loves that kind of classic rock. In college, he’ll major in partying until he meets Jesus. Or maybe he’ll major in Jesus from the get go. That’d make me proud. He’ll marry, have children, work a job. I hope he eulogizes me at my funeral. He’ll say I wasn’t perfect, but hopefully he’ll say “he was a good man; he was my dad.”
We hold more loosely to those old modest hopes these days. Now, Amber and I chart growth in ounces and wonder when Titus Lee will stomach solid food. I think that’s all the better.
There are lessons to be learned in the rearranging of hopes: the fierceness of a mother’s resolve; the faith that extends to doctors and friends; the joy found in a toddler’s smile.
Titus Lee has taught me well. I never thought to hope for that.