By Matthew Barrett
In this short essay, honorary daughter of change and dedicated dad to two daughters, Matthew Barrett, talks about the day-to-day life of being dad. Matt is a fierce supporter of his daughters. He was one of the first people to follow Daughters of Change and has been along for the ride ever since. Thanks Matt – we need dads like you. We are all in this together. Well done!
Taking Delaney to an Atlanta children’s hospital for a possible brain tumor.
Had to wait 3 days to see the pediatric neurologist.
I slept on the floor.
Never left her side.
There was a clown on her bouncy seat which rolled his eyes back in his head.
She was replicating this movement.
No brain tumor.
Delaney says, “Something is wrong with Kelly.”
I jump out of the car and pull Kelly out of her car seat.
She power-boots in my face.
She had swallowed her gum.
Best day ever: Girls in their sundresses and hat for Easter mass.
Walking down highland Ave., I felt like a king.
People honking and waving to us.
We get to the intersection of Holy Cross Church to the left, and Reds Ice Cream to the right.
Light changes, and they pull me to Reds.
Right as we get back home, I say,” Don’t tell mom.”
First words out of their mouths. “We got ice cream, no church!”
Matt is a writer, author, retired police officer and MS Warrior. In 2013 Matt was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and has been writing ever since. He recently published his first book, Dance at the Pines, a murder mystery. Fittingly, the book was edited by his daughters Delaney and Kelly. You can find Matt’s book on Amazon at this link.