On November 24, 2008, Santiago Jesus Gomez entered our lives at 5:43 a.m.
It was a Monday.
This Monday morning, in 2014, Gaby and I were remembering bits and pieces of that day, six years ago.
At 7:43 this morning (or 5:43 a.m. Mountain time), Santi entered our room with a smile on his face.
Ok, it was give or take a few minutes, but it was almost the exact time he entered the world six years ago.
He may not have been smiling back then. In fact if I recall correctly, he was pretty irate.
But he was smiling today; excited about the party he would be getting at school. The presents he’d soon be receiving.
I watched him today, interacting with his friends.
I watched him include his little sister in the activities.
I watched him give up his chair during “musical chairs” to his friend Alejandro so Alejandro wouldn’t lose.
I watched him lead a game of Simon Says.
I watched him.
And I wondered.
What did I do to deserve such a gift?
But perhaps a more appropriate question is: what will I do to continue to deserve it?
Six years ago, God filled our lives with immeasurable joy and equally immeasurable love.
I must work everyday to earn it.
But if all it takes is to love my son, then the task is already complete.
Because loving you, Santi, is a done deal.