Dylan is the most amazing boy ever!
I have known Dylan for nearly 11 months now. Since the second he was born. And I have loved him from before he burst his way into this world. It's such a cliché, but I do love him more and more every day. Over 300 days later equates to a lot of love!
Now I don't always get to see Dylan as often as I would like to. I work Monday to Friday every week and some weeks I finish later than others. There are some weeks I barely see him due to getting back from work just after his bedtime. But knowing he is fast asleep only a few stairs away is enough of a comfort. And peeking through his doorway and seeing him happily kipping in his cot is nice enough.
But a few weeks ago I went to download festival. For those that don't know, this is a music (metal) festival at Donington Park in England. For many years now this festival has been the highlight of my year and is unmissable. I turn up on the Wednesday and am home by the following Monday. That's a lot of days away from my little boy. I knew I'd miss him but I didn't realise just how much.
On the first day there I see a lot of people who I haven't seen since the previous year. Everyone is asking how my little boy is. Constantly telling people how great he is and how much I love him only made me miss him more. And this was only the first day. The second day was much more of the same.
On the Friday the bands started. The whole year I had been waiting to be stood in that muddy field with some of my favourite people. It feels like a second home to be stood in front of a huge stage a million miles away from normality, listening to some of the biggest and best bands in the world. The first band that I saw was machine head. They're not one of my favourite bands but they put on an amazing show and the gig had a real buzz. At first I felt almost euphoric being back there again. I was looking around me at all of my friends having a great time, a field full of thousands of people doing the same, and a huge band only a stones throw away. The feeling of that being the best thing in the world lasted only for a few seconds, before I realised that it wasn't the best thing in the world. I wanted to be with my family. Being torn between my 2 favourite things in the world, download festival and my very own family, whilst having such a lovely time... it all became a little overwhelming and as I thought of Dylan a few tears ran down my cheek.
Now, I'm not one to cry... ever... I'm cold hard man with no feelings whatsoever who burps and farts and drinks beer and wipes my hands on my jeans after eating chicken with my fingers. So after a few tears I sucked it all in and carried on having a lovely muddy time.
On more than one occasion the thought of leaving early and coming home crossed my mind. I didn't, mind you. But I was shocked at just how much I missed my little boy and it was almost refreshing to realise just how much he has changed me. He has suppressed my appetite for going out at the weekend and getting very drunk. I don't feel like he stops me from doing anything, but I literally don't have that urge any more. My urge is to stay home and be with my family. And don't quote me on this, but at the moment I don't think I could go to download festival again next year. By then my ever grown love will have had another 365 days of love added. It might just kill me to leave him for that long ever again. I can still cope with leaving him to go to work. But anything more than that would be unthinkable!
Now, where did I put my beer?
In case you are feeling a little weepy and thinking of your own loved ones, I have linked below to the funniest thing ever, called missing missy. Its hilarious and it will cheer you up. :)
This has been Missing Dylan. This is Missing Missy. http://www.27bslash6.com/missy.html
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