Tuesday, February 23, 2010

An Open Letter to My Son

Dear Lukas,

I know it may be awhile before you can read, and if you attend the schools around here that day may never come, but I wanted to take a minute to let you know that I love you. I don't love you the way I love breasts, but deeper and less superficial. I still worry sometimes if I'm the best role model for a child to have. I would hate to pass the family nose or the family temper on to you. No one needs that kind of baggage. At least I know I'll be a better dad than Scott Stapp. He sings for the band Creed. Yeah, I know.

I promise to make the best effort, though. I'll read to you every night. I'll play catch with you. I'll do all those things that a good dad is supposed to do. I promise. And I'll never engage in group sex with Kid Rock and a couple strippers in the back of a tour bus. Yeah, Scott Stapp did that. While he was married and fronting the pseudo-religious rock band Creed. What a jerk.

It's hard for me to imagine anything more beautiful than that big bulbous belly that your momma has right now. I place my hands on it and feel you kick and it brings tears to my eyes. But I know that it will pale in comparison to the first time I see your face and hear you cry. I can't wait to meet you. If I never do anything monumental in life, at least I can say that I created a wonderful child with a wonderful woman. I don't care if I'm never an astronaut. Or a NBA star. Or the singer for a pseudo-religious rock band that plays songs about fatherhood, but then attempts suicide. Yeah, with a wife and two kids, Scott Stapp tried to kill himself.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that I want to give you everything and I want to be everything for you, but if I fall short just know that I tried and I love you. And at least your dad isn't Scott Stapp, because that guy really sucks.




Anonymous said...

Michael, this letter brought tears to my eyes. It is the say that all good fathers should feel. I can't speak for fathers but I can for mothers. Just try to remember that this is the same way I feel about my son.... In a way, maybe it will help you understand my feelings which I know that you have trouble accepting. Granny

I know you will be the best father because you have been the best grandson and maybe, I hope, I had something to do with the fine man you have grown into. I love you more than you know.... Again, I loved the letter.

Prince Gomolvilas said...

Re: Your new blog header.

I did NOT say, "He's a pussy."

I said, "He's a man pussy."

I would never equate you with something as beautiful as a woman's vagina.... A guy's anus, on the other hand....

Supermom said...

Awww, love the letter.

Michael DeAntonio said...

VBD- Thank you. I know you had a big hand in it.

Prince- I reread all your old 'love letters' and you said "he's a pussy". Those were your exact words.

Supermom- I'm sweet from time to time.

Cheryl said...

This is a really touching letter. But I hope you know it pretty much guarantees that Lukas will be a huge Creed fan when he's a teenager.

spotted dog farm said...

this is so hysterical and so freaking sweet too. you're gonna make a great daddy.

Peter Varvel said...

It brings tears to my eyes, too, reading this.
More of this, please, especially after he arrives (if you're not too zombie-like from lack of sleep . . .)