It was more than a year ago when my wife and I along with our only son went to a school activity. Just before the event ended, we were all asked to watched a short movie about a father who tried to make his paralyzed son live a normal life and fulfill every dreams he has. I cried that day and hugged my son.
The video was about a a father’s love to his son. The story is all about Dick and Rick Hoyt. Rick has cerebral palsy, caused by loss of oxygen to his brain at birth because his umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck. His father, Dick along with mom Judy were advised to institutionalize Rick because there was no chance of him recovering, and little hope for Rick to live a "normal" life.
Well, Dick opposed the idea and he instead gave his life as a father to make his son’s dreams into reality. They joined marathons as how Rick wanted to do. This was just the beginning of what would become over 1,000 races completed, including marathons, duathlons and triathlons (6 of them being Ironman competitions). Also adding to their list of achievements, Dick and Rick biked and ran across the U.S. in 1992, completing a full 3,735 miles in 45 days.
It took me almost a year to be able to see the same video again and I saw it over Facebook. I watched it twice this morning and I cried. I cried not just because I missed my son so much being far away but because I wanted to do more as a father.
After watching the video, I have realized how much I have failed to be the best father I can be to my only son. I have put so much time in making a living to ensure that I can send him to the best school and buy him the best toys that I failed to give him the best gift that he could have – time.
Perhaps, this is also a perfect example of God’s love to us all as His children and how He has been carrying us all these time from our burdens. This is also a living proof that we can always do more as fathers. Thus, I vow to do just the same – make my son’s every dream a reality no matter what. No more. No less.
NOTE: The first video below is the exact material that I have watched more than a year ago with my wife and son. After almost a year of wondering if I will be able to ever watch it once again, I have seen the same video (see the second video below) from a friend’s wall at Facebook this morning. Thus, I took the chance to save the links and blog about it. Perhaps, it could inspire some dads out there just like me.