30 Days of Thanks #11- Riley
Throughout the month of November I am writing about the first thing for which I am consciously thankful each day. I am doing this simply as a way to be more intentionally grateful. For more on this project, check out the first one or even last year’s 30 Days of Thanks.
Other than immediate family, we had only two visitors that day because Virginia Beach was slammed with a Nor’easter. I didn’t have to mention the visitors but needed an excuse to put up this picture of Eric.
It gets better…
My sister used to be a birth registrar at the hospital and later explained that it’s not all that uncommon to have a fight in the maternity wing, but I wasn’t expecting to witness one. Apparently, adultery is illegal in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Therefore, it is illegal for a married woman to put a man’s name in the “father” blank of the birth certificate who is not her husband. The same night our daughter was born, another baby’s biological father was being told about this stipulation and was causing quite a commotion just down the hall. To make matters worse, the husband showed up. Punches were thrown. Curses were yelled. I shut our door and turned the room lights off like a chicken.
I’ve often thought back on that night and felt sorry for that baby. He/she is turning three today and I can’t help but think that his/her life is much different than my three-year-old’s life. I hope he/she is safe and happy, but I have my doubts.
Today, November 11, I am grateful for my newest girl and am very grateful that her mom and I can provide a safe and pleasant home for her.