By Joshua King
June 22, 2009
This is easily one of the best days of my life! It is as well one of the most uncertain. My boys made their grand entrance and that’s all I remember. Now my awesome NICU graduates are 4 and thriving, which gives me the opportunity to look back over that day. What was happening outside of that hospital hallway? Who was affected by the events of the day? As I was thanking God for my children being born and praying for strength, was anyone else doing the same?
First of all, Aaden and Noah share a birthday with musicians Francesco Manfredini, Étienne Méhul, and Hermeto Pascoal, as well as Czech conductor Libor Pešek. Yes, we are a music nerd family, so any collation excites me!
In a less positive light, Washington D.C. was in turmoil from a horrific event. This was the date of Washington Metro train collision. A moving train collided with a train stopped ahead of it; the train operator and eight passengers were killed, making it the deadliest crash in the history of the Washington Metro. Several survivors were trapped for hours, and approximately 80 were injured. A preliminary investigation found that after the June 17 replacement of a track circuit component at what became the site of the June 22 collision, signals had not been reliably reporting when that stretch of track was occupied by a train.
After stumbling across this in my research, I literally felt my heart stop. As my boys were coming into this world, others had departed earlier that day. They were someone’s child, brother, sister, mother, father, friend, love. This reminded me to never take any moment for granted. My family is the most important thing to me in the entire world and every night when I tell my boys good night I make sure I tell them that I love them.
Every moment my family spent in the NICU was one of anxious uncertainty. If anything this topic made me greatly appreciate my family’s hospital tenure, for without those doctors and nurses, I would not have boys to tell that I love them.