19 January 2011

A Letter From Aunt Nichole


This letter is from Aunt Nichole. (Philip's sister).
I asked Nichole to write something about how Bennett has effected Philip's life, and the Daddy/Son relationship that has blossomed between Philip and Bennett over the last year.


When our first daughter was just a baby, a group of friends/family was visiting us. Philip was at our house as well. We were all downstairs visiting and, via monitor, we could hear the baby upstairs babbling to herself in her crib. After a little while Philip disappeared. Shortly thereafter, we could hear him talking to the baby very sweetly over the monitor. Of course, someone had to press the monitor’s receiver button and alert Philip that we could hear this sweet encounter. The monitor was abruptly shut off from upstairs.

Fast forward five years…

Anyone who watches Philip interact with Bennett can see that he is UNABASHEDLY IN LOVE WITH THAT BOY—and he doesn’t care who knows it! If the monitor scenario were to play out today, Philip would not care who could hear him loving on his son. Having a child gives you absolute freedom to love someone else, and this is very evident in Philip’s relationship with Bennett.

When Philip is anywhere near Bennett, it is as if his sole purpose in life is to make that little boy laugh. (Who can blame him? It is quite a laugh!) Philip throws Bennett in the air with Bennett doing a triple twist (making the heart of every mother in the room skip a beat) with Bennett cackling the entire time. If there is a sofa anywhere, you know Bennett is going to be tossed against the back of it, laughing the entire time as he rolls down to the seat. It is an absolute joy to be around Philip when he is with Bennett (well it’s always a joy to be around Philip, but you know what I mean). It is especially fun to be present when Philip is reunited with Bennett after any length of separation. Philip’s face just lights up and he can’t wait to get Bennett in his arms where he can nuzzle foreheads with Bennett.

Bottom line: I don’t think becoming a father changed Philip. It is more as if becoming Bennett’s father gave him permission to do what is in his nature; that is, to love unabashedly.

-Nichole



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28 comments:

Rebecca said...

that's beautiful. I am so looking forward to watching my husband interact with our daughter in this same way! What a joy.

mommatojoa said...

Aww that was lovely!

ADSchill said...

So sweet. I know exactly what Nicole is talking about. It's lovely to watch.

Jen said...

Such a sweet post. Bennett is lucky to have such an amazing Daddy!

melissa d. said...

this is so stinkin sweet! what a great idea mandy!

Jhen.Stark said...

This is the sweetest thing I've ever read! And mushy me got emotional and teary! I LOVE IT!!!

Luke, Leah, Owen, and Sophia said...

That is so precious!

Sylvia Cook Photography said...

Totally agree Nichole, I see all those things too!
And yes I am one of those mothers in the room who's heart skips a beat when little B is doing the triple flip!!! That is until Mandy tells him to STOP!

Lindsi said...

I love this letter! Brought a tear to my eye! :)

Nikki said...

So sweet. He sounds like my Dad. I think we need a video of that triple twist!

My Dad used to have us dive off his shoulders and he'd catch us by our ankles and throw us up and flip us around. My Mom yelled at him every time.

Alexis said...

Super sweet :) This is such a fun idea!

beignet3 said...

Mandy, Thanks for inviting me to be part of your blog as you celebrate B's first birthday! He couldn't ask for a better mom and dad.

Angie McCulloch said...

tearing up here too! sooooo sweet!

Nancy Moyle said...

Nichole, what you wrote is all so true! And you have such a way with words. I loved that post!

Joni said...

The sweetest thing ever! You are lucky to have a husband that is so involved in both your lives. I love to hear a good daddy story simply because as a society we see men as these macho men and it is so touching to see this other side of them.

philipchiappini said...

awe shucks (blushing) ;-)

Shannon said...

There is nothing more joyful than a daddy with his very own son! Hopefully someday I will be able to give my husband a boy! Although, he wouldn't trade his little girls for the world! I was so happy reading this....what a great man and dad! Bennett is a lucky little guy! xoxo

Photo Freak said...

ack, I love it!

m&msmommy said...

Adorable! I am SO jealous that I didn't think of this idea for Mia! :) Great idea!

Kari said...

So cute...Mandy, this is such a great idea! I love it and can't wait to see what's next.

Jenn said...

That is such a beautiful post Mandy! I love that you're celebrating Bennett's 1st year this way. These wonderful memories will be cherished forever by all of you.
Oh! Tell Bennett I said January is an awesome month to be born... if I do say so {myself}. Hehe... :) He's just a few days shy of my B-Day!

Sarah Halstead said...

I love this. So sweet.

SewSara said...

what a great idea. i only remember philip as a kid - haha. i can't even believe he's a DAD now. we have all gotten old!

nichole is cool.

Kiara Buechler said...

What a great idea, Mandy! It is sweet to read about Bennett and Philip from your SIL's point of view. I actually teared up a bit :-)

The Bonjour Four said...

precious.

Buckeroomama said...

Oh, that letter from your SIL is SO sweet. It is wonderful to see father and child interact and adore each other like that. You are so blessed. :)

Amber said...

This is so sweet and so precious and so dear. It made me laugh, smile, and get teary eyed.

I LAUGHed hard when I read about Philip throwing Bennett in the air and on the couch. There are many times when I just have to turn my head as Sam throws our Bennett. He loves it and LAUGHs and LAUGHs and LAUGHs.

Wendy said...

What a great idea! Isn't it wonderful to see that love between a father and his child? I always tell my boyfriend that I fell more in love with him when I first saw him hold our daughter.