Played Rad dad today. Had the little guy. I call him the Bug. [Most babies are cute as a bug's ear. He's cute as the whole bug. =) ] Wish I could post some photos .. cuz he pretty dang adorable .. but I can't.
Took him for a walk at Main Beach, here in Laguna, early this morning. We didn't even make it to the shore before he buried his head in my chest, which means it's time to nap. Didn't expect that so early.
The sound of the ocean has always lulled him to sleep (even when the surf is loud and thunderous). Maybe that's cuz the first place we took him after we brought him home from the hospital was to the beach (at Crystal Cove) when he was 5 days old. Or maybe it's cuz I used to walk him on the beach at sunset most nights for the first few months of his life.
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So anyway, I'm strolling along the shore this morning, early, slowly, carrying the bug, who's fast asleep. Tide is low. There's lots of beach to walk on. Picture-perfect day. Not too hot, not too cold.
And I pass a big guy who's walking the other way (with his dog). We make eye contact. "Best moments of your life, right there," he says to me before passing by.
A minute later, I pass another guy, much older, who says, "Feels great, doesn't it?" I returned a silent smile (not wanting to wake the little guy).
Yet another minute later, a girl passes by, saying, "Wish I had my camera. You guys make a great picture."
I always get lots of smiles (when he's asleep), but rarely so many comments like today. Maybe it cuz it was so nice today, which made people so friendly.
These comments reminded me to feel grateful. I mean, yes it *does* feel great when I'm carrying him and his little head is asleep on my chest. And yes, it's obviously gonna be one of life's more cherished moments .. but sometimes you forget .. cuz life ain't always easy.
But today I remembered .. thanks to three strangers, who I've never seen before (and might never see again). Feeling particularly thankful today .. for one of life's best moments.