Would you believe that I am 8 posts away from the 100 mark? Who knew when this thing started that it would lead to 100 posts. Better yet, who knew that there would be people out there that would actually read the things I put in this blog. For my last 8 posts, I will be doing some reflection on the first 100 and highlighting the material that provides the inspiration for so many of my posts. Being that my son was the first of our children born, I thought I would start with him. Those of you that know me know that I cherish my wife and my children more than a blog or words could express. Having “my boy” first was such a huge event in the story of my life. He is even more meaningful today.

Being that I like music and relate it to my life and events that take place more than the average person (who knew right?), I have a special song for each of my children. The truth is that each of them has more than one and my son is no different. “With Arms Wide Open” will always be our song. It was released at about the same time that we found out we were having a boy and could not have defined my thoughts better. However, there was a song that I heard during my college years that I earmarked for the day I would (hopefully) have a boy. The funny thing is that I wasn’t even married, let alone thinking of children. When I heard this song, I dreamed of the day that I would sit my son down and tell him things like what this song is saying. When I would lead and hopefully guide him through the obstacles of life and the choices that will make him the man he will become. I will admit that it has been a lot more than I ever anticipated in that dorm room, but I have learned with every step we have taken together. So my son, no matter what, if you look over your shoulder….I’ll be there.

Father to Son – Phil Collins

Somewhere down the road, you’re gonna find a place
It seems so far, but it never is
You won’t need to stay, but you might lose your strength on the way
Sometimes you may feel you’re the only one
Cos all the things you thought were safe, now they’re gone
But you won’t be alone, I’ll be here to carry you along
Watching you ’til all your work is done
When you find your heart, you’d better run with it
Cos when she comes along, she could be breaking it
No there’s nothing wrong, you’re learning to be strong
Don’t look back
She may soon be gone, no don’t look back
She’s not the only one, remember that
If your heart is beating fast, then you know she’s right
If you don’t know what to say, well, that’s all right
You don’t know what to do?
Remember she is just as scared as you
Don’t be shy, even when it hurts to say
Remember, you’re gonna get hurt someday, anyway
Then you must lift your head, keep it there
Remember what I said
I’ll always be with you don’t forget
Just look over your shoulder I’ll be there.
If you look behind you, I will be there.