The Day Jay was Born – September 6, 2000

September 5, 2010

Not-so-Murky Memories: Ten years ago, from right this very moment, my wife and I were sitting in Chilton Hospital, in Pompton Plains, NJ.

It was nearly midnight, the eve of September 5th, less than 36 hours before my wife’s 30th birthday. She had begun having contractions about 4 hours ago, but having received a good dose of pain killers, the contractions seemed to have subsided for now. It had looked like our first child might be born on the 5th, but now all signs pointed to a September 6th birthday.

While Mary rested, I watched the hospital television. To my amazement, the episode of I Love Lucy where Lucy gives birth to her baby was on. I’ll always remember that.

Tomorrow, or rather in a few hours, Jay turns 10. It went by so fast, and there are so many things I didn’t get to do with him yet.  I hope I have the chance to do some of them, while they’re still of interest to him.

What I can say, though, is that I’ve loved every moment I’ve been able to share with him so far, and I feel so lucky that he is my son.

We often call him the greatest birthday gift my wife ever got, and to me he’s simply the greatest gift she (or anyone) ever gave me.
-Scott Copperman-