The Greatest Gift of All Celebrating My Kids This Father ’s Day
Throughout the course of my life, I’ve experienced my share of incredible, powerful experiences. Getting married to the love of my life, starting a clinic that truly represented my patient-centered vision for care — I’m so grateful for everything that’s come my way. But in my eyes, the best gift I could ever receive in my time on Earth has been the birth of our two sons, Owen and Jake. With Father’s Day right around the corner, I’ve been reflecting on just how important these two little guys are to me, and how much they’ve transformed my life at the most fundamental level. Since the beginning, when Owen first came into the world, it’s been a constant stream of magical moments. After the overwhelming flood of unconditional love that came over me when I first looked into his eyes, then came the milestones: Owen sitting up, crawling, standing, taking his first step, walking, and of course, his unforgettable first word, “dada.” I remember his first birthday at Vasona Park, when nearly all our family and friends came out to celebrate. And then, before I knew it, he was halfway through his second year, and I was sending him off to preschool, getting emotional as I watched him take his first baby step toward independence. And now he just finished his first year of kindergarten. Four years after Owen showed up, Jake came along, completing our little family. I’ll never forget the sight the first time Owen held his baby brother in his arms, the first instant of an unbreakable bond between siblings. Even with the age difference — and despite the occasional sibling rivalries — Owen looks out for his brother every day, and they have a blast playing together. It’s really cool to see Owen reading to Jake, or Jake sauntering into his brother’s room to wake him up before he goes to school.
I keep talking about these big moments, but really, it’s the simple day-to-day stuff that means the most: eating meals together, taking walks in the park, going swimming, hanging out with the grandparents, building Legos with Owen, playing Hot Wheels with Jake. I love stopping by Owen’s room to say good morning before I head off to work, and driving him to school a few times a week, getting that vital one-on- one time to talk about whatever’s on his mind. Or dragging Jake along to the hardware store, seeing how intrigued he
Fabrice and his boys, Jake and Owen
is at every little thing. Usually when we go anywhere, we’ll head to Jamba Juice for a smoothie, at which point Jake will always yell, “Jamba Juice!” with glee. There’s no routine to what we do for Father’s Day. Usually, we just all make a point to spend time together and celebrate this family that we’ve built, whether it’s just us or alongside Lindsay’s folks. Honestly, though, it’s the perfect opportunity to look around and take stock of my kids and all the gifts they bring to the everyday. At every step, I do everything I can to spend as much time with them as possible, listening to them and working to understand what’s going on in their world. It’s vital to me that they know how much I care about both of them, even if it’s almost impossible to fully put into words. Dr. Fabrice Rockich
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