“When my wife was pregnant with our son, I remember people all telling me the tired saying, “You’ve never experienced real love till you hold your child for the first time.”
Well, it’s a cliché because it’s true.
I was so scared to become a father. I was worried that I would end up like my dad and not have a real relationship with my son. The moment I held my son for the first time, all of that melted away, and just the feeling of joy and love started to overwhelm me, and tears began to roll down my face.
My son Luke just turned one on Father’s Day, and this last year, he has taught me more about myself than I had learned in the previous 33 years on this rock.
One of the things I have learned is that there is no better feeling in the world than to come home after a long day, and when your child sees you they instantly get the biggest smile on their face and are genuinely happy to see you, and for no other reason than they love you, and missed you.
There is no amount of money or treasure that could equal that feeling, and I hope everyone gets to experience that joy in their life.”
– Rickey Hayes
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