2014-03-14 / Columnists

An Intern’s Take

By Ilyassha Shivers

Well, I can’t believe it’s almost spring. It’s been a winter filled with snow and bad weather but Mother Nature knows just what we need.

If you read my column you know I have three children. My oldest child, Shelah, celebrated her 17th birthday on Sunday. It has been a rough road for my big girl. She’s had to endure many heartbreaks and overcome obstacles, but she takes a licking and keeps on ticking.

I named Shelah after my mom who died in 2000. Shelah was only allowed to spend short time with her grandmother. I think this played a role in her development, but it’s no reason to make excuses.

If I need to look to my relationship with Shelah as a result of cause and effect, well, the buck must stop here. Maybe I was not ready to be a father. I love all my children and pray that I am able to give them the tools they need to be successful. Shelah has the name of a great woman. Now the ball is in her court.

I hope I am not boring you guys this week but I had to offer a few words about a special girl. I wish I could buy her a car or send her on a trip, but that is not the case. I want her to know the best is yet to come. I know I haven’t been the best dad but I am truly sorry. And who knows what the future holds.

Don’t get me wrong, she is a great girl. She is strength and beauty. And, oh yes, she has brains too. I guess that comes from her father.

The future is bright and next year this time we will be preparing for graduation and then sending her off to college.

Today has taught me a lesson. I have a long way to go both as a father and a man. The life of a child is an investment. We should try to help them be the best they can be.

As my wife says: Don’t be selfish, you already lived your life!

So what do you think, email your thoughts and comments to shiverswave@gmail.com and don’t forget to read The Wave!

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