Tonight I got a glimpse of what is wrong with our world. Just a glimpse at how twisted our priorities can be when it comes to our family. It was enough of a glimpse to make me angry....extremely angry!!! So I need to step up on the soapbox for just a few minutes.
You see a friend was publicly criticized for his choice to take 3 days away from his job to be with his wife during the birth of their first child. Just 3 days to be there for one of the most important occasions of his life.
Two different sports radio hosts took issue with his choice because he's a major league baseball player and his baby was born on Opening Day.
In their minds, playing a game with a bat and a ball is more important than being there to bond with your son during his first days of life. Mike Francesa of WFAN said " One day, go see the baby be born and come back. You're a Major League Baseball player. You can hire a nurse to take care of the baby if your wife needs help".
If that wasn't bad enough, Boomer Esiason said that he should have insisted his wife “have a C-section before the season starts. I need to be at Opening Day, I’m sorry." I'd like to hear what Boomer's wife would say about that comment.
You're criticizing a man for choosing to be a good husband and father first and a baseball player second? Really? What would happen in our world if more men labeled themselves as husbands & fathers who just happen to be doctors or businessmen or professional athletes?
It's time for father's who put their families first to be encouraged, not criticized. They understand the importance of their role in the family. They also understand that it doesn't matter what you get paid to do in this life, being a father is your most important job.
So to Mike & Boomer, I would like to say that you are so wrong for criticizing this man for showing real love to his wife and son. The kind of love that will last far beyond his baseball career. The kind of love that shows his wife that he loves her more than baseball. The kind of love that every child needs from their dad.
Ok, stepping down off the soapbox now.....it's your turn. Let me know your thoughts.
I am a Christian, a wife, a mom, a VBS crafter, a coupon clipper, a thrift store shopper, a football fan, a cook, a student of the Bible and an avid reader.