The Gift

I use to watch Pokemon, saw the first episode in 1997, telling myself, maybe I should just drop out of school and go catch Pokemon’s. Get a bicycle, kiss my mom good-bye, go catch a yellow rat that shoot lighting and can cause thunder at the wiggle of his tail. Amazing wouldn’t you say? As I aged, I realized that Ash was still 7, and 20 years later, he’s still 7. Or maybe he’s 9? I mean he never celebrated a birthday or at-least I’ve never seen an episode where he did. Phenomenal show, and it’s 2016 and Pokemon is still running strong. But as I grew older things got real, and things started happening. Shortly after high school graduation I became a father. Reality clicked, nothing really made sense, I had a child, I was 18, and running around town looking for work while going to school. It was a bit crazy to say the least. 

My wife and I were together for about 5 years prior to my son being born which was in 2007. I remember that day like it was last week. I was young, no job, no money, and clueless. My wife was working at the time, very hard actually, and I was at home playing video games, and thinking about what I should do for the rest of my life. Now that was the best gift I’ve ever gotten in my lifetime, the gift of being a father. It made me think, it developed me into a mature adult. 

Many years flew by, I joined the military, had a second child…who we’ll talk about later and I just recently graduated with my bachelors degree in business administration. The thing about fatherhood is that, it gives you opportunities to ponder and think. As guys, we hate drama, we get straight to the point, and most of the times it’s black and white for us. But becoming a father gave me the opportunity to understand the grey areas of life, which I view as the ambiguous fear factor. The part we hate thinking about because we don’t know what the results will be. 

Being a huge Pokemon fan, I decided to give my son a gift as well. For a two hours on Halloween Day he gets to be Ash Ketchum and travel the neighborhood catching candy. Purchased this bad boy from Amazon. 



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