What He Found In The Pocket Of An Old Jacket Brought Him To Tears
Since moving into my current house in September of 2021, life has moved along pretty quickly. Between work at the station, DJ gigs, the kids, and more, I have not really had a chance to completely unpack. There are still taped-up cardboard boxes and plastic bags piled in the corners of some rooms.
Over the weekend, I decided it was time for that to change. I was going to sort through all those old bags and either keep the items or donate them.
There was something tucked away in the first bag I opened that brought me to tears.
Inside a bag marked COOPER'S OLD COATS, there were a couple of old winter coats, including a really nice (and probably really expensive) Karbon ski jacket. There was also a ratty old leather jacket. It is still in decent shape, so I plan of donating it to Goodwill. Of course, before tossing it in the donation pile, I dug into the pockets and was surprised to find a few items from about a decade ago.
Zipped up in the pocket was a pair of baby socks and a pacifier.
While I cannot be 100% sure whose they were, I am pretty certain that they belonged to my daughter Denise. Back then, I was typically out of work by late morning or early afternoon. So, we used to spend a lot of time together. I had probably jammed these extra items into my pocket just in case I needed them.
I admit that, once I realized what those items were, I was emotionally moved. That's my way of saying I was crying like a baby.
Denise is now 12 and doesn't really rely on me or her mother for anything. She's a dancer, she plays several instruments, and she excels at her studies. So, even though I am happy for the young lady she has become, it is still kind of sad to think that she is no longer a baby, toddler, or little girl.
So, let this be a reminder to you... Even though changing diapers and dealing with car seats is a pain, there is no way to get those moments back. Once they are gone, they are gone. So, savor every moment.