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A Father's Glow

Updated on March 15, 2012

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Have you ever thought about the glow of an expectant dad? Probably not. So much focus is on the new Mom, who has that glow. But guess what husbands have a glow too when their wife is expectant. I first noticed it when I worked at one of the largest banks in the South. One of the banking officer's came into my office one morning and we looked at him. I could see on his face that he was glowing. Within 2 seconds he shouted out "guess what?" I knew what he was about to say I just grinned and my boss and the other Senior Loan Analyst said "what, what?" Anxiously. He said, "I am going to be a dad, I am going to be a dad!" We all said congratulations, and he whizzed out of the office just as fast as he had popped in. We all ran to the door watching him whiz down the hall popping into the next department giving his announcement. We closed our door and laughed with joy over his excitement.


This story really is about a relative of mine who is becoming a father for the first time after sixteen years of marriage. His story is the proof in the putting that fathers really do glow. The reason I say this because he is a very, very grumpy person by nature. Nothing, and I mean nothing gets him excited. I guess you could say he's the typical male who wears his emotions on the inside. I don't care what's going on good or bad you can not tell how he feels about anything. I examined, and examined, and have examined his expressions for years trying to figure out does this man actually ever feel any emotions? Well let me tell you when his wife became pregnant he wasn't glowing at first. He complained, complained, and complained about being to old to have a baby.

As time went on all of this changed he went from a grumpy complaining man to this person I never met before. He started smiling, laughing and yes he's glowing, he is actually glowing with that new father's glow. That's when i said okay its real new fathers have a glow just like expectant mothers.

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I am still shocked to watch this person go from one extreme set of emotions to a whole new set of emotions. Having a new baby is one of the greatest joys anyone could ever experience. Bringing a new life into the world is truly a miracle. When it happens after doctors tell a couple you probably wont be able to have any children, and the the couple have not use invitro, or any fertility treatments that's when you have what I call one of those up in your face type of miracles. Children are a blessing, and having a new addition on his/her way into the family is a moment you want to hang on to. Not only is the father glowing, but everyone is giddy for the couple. The hoping, and wishing is actually turning into a reality. It is a reality I am more excited about than any words could even express.

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    Adrienne F Manson 

    6 years ago from Atlanta

    Thanks Movie Master for the vote!

    Pmccray it is always good to see you around so sorry to hear about your experience with the father of your child.

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    Movie Master 

    6 years ago from United Kingdom

    What a lovely story, becoming a parent is both a frightening and exciting experience! I am so pleased for your relative.

    voting up, best wishes Lesley

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    6 years ago from Utah

    Sorry I failed the quiz. I only had one child and his father acted like I handed him a bundle of kyptonite, instead of joy. So I'm lacking in that "fatherly" glow. No great loss, anyone can be a sperm donor, but only the special can be a "dad", which my son's stepfather truly was, we were both blessed with his presence, and sorely miss him. Voted up, marked interesting.


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