“I know these will all be stories some day, and our pictures will become old photographs. We all become somebody’s mom or dad.”
-Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
I remember reading and hearing that quote many times in the last years of my life—reminding me that in any moment I can feel infinite from The Perks of Being a Wallflower. It always filled me with this great sense of nostalgia for life in a single moment.
And while I still feel that when I hear this quote, or the whole quote, or read it, or see it in the film, I’m going to be somebody’s dad soon, and that’s kind of amazing.
I’m going to be a dad.
This little girl in my wife’s tummy is going to look up at me in just a short time and know that I am hers, and that she is mine, just like mom, and just like any brothers and sisters that may come after.
I want to be a kind dad, that she can talk to.
I want to be a fun dad, that she’s probably a little bit embarrassed by, but secretly loves.
I want to be so many things as a dad, and so I think I’ll start with her, on her first day here.
I will tell her that she is infinite in that moment, and for the next million moments of her life.
And while I’ll still be here, my stories will become old photographs, and I’ll be her dad, and she’ll start something spectacular all her own.
Here’s to that.