A lesson in fatherhood with Mr. Wilson

Lindsay Hoffpauir, Co-Editor-in-Chief 2016-2018

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On January 23, 2018, Mr. Joshua Wilson and his wife Darci welcomed their first child into the world two weeks earlier than expected.

Not only were the Wilsons surprised at the baby’s early arrival, but they also went into the birth without knowing the gender of the child, so the birth of a baby girl came as a shock to them. After having already prepared names for both a boy and a girl, the Wilsons officially named their baby Elaina Jillmarie Wilson.

Wilson said he was nervous at first about becoming a father.

“But then she opened her eyes, looked right at me, and I thought, I better figure it out real quickly for her because she’s expecting a lot and deserves more,” Wilson said.

Wilson was especially astonished to see how quickly his life changed as a result of his new daughter.

“Everything else becomes secondary when you hold this little baby in your arms and all of a sudden it’s just you and your wife and this kid,” Wilson said.

He said he has felt a strong connection with his daughter even in the short time he’s known her.

“I just became so attached to this little kid, she’s only two weeks old, but your life just becomes unalterably changed because of it,” Wilson said.

Wilson could not believe how much he wanted to share with his child.

“I agonized over what poem I’d read to her first,” Wilson said.

He eventually decided he would read Rudyard Kipling’s “If” and the beginning letter from Rainer Maria Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet to Elaina first.

Wilson began sharing his interests with his daughter almost immediately after she went home for the first time.

“It was the first night we brought her home, and I brought her up to our office and read her books and poems and listened to one of my favorite composers and she just fell asleep and I thought at that moment that that is pretty cool,” Wilson said.

Wilson expressed how excited he was to be in his child’s life.

“I just look forward to being a continual presence through all the joys and pitfalls of life,” Wilson said.