Welcome to the Bern Notice, the official 11-news blog of Bernie Lange. I’ve been with KKCO for about 10 months. Viewers may not be unfamiliar with me though. I anchored at one of our competing stations in town several years ago. A lot has changed in that time.
I have since become a father of two wonderful young boys, Vincent and Alexander, born almost exactly two years apart in 2007 and 2009. Vincent, or Vinnie, is experiencing what some call the “terrible two’s”; when your child is almost inconsolable and prone to tantrums. Vinnie is no exception. He has his moments. However the trying times are completely offset by the most beautiful experiences I have ever had. Watching your child learn, communicate and grow is as much an education to me as it is to him.
I didn’t really want to write my first blog entry about my children. As much as I love them it seems like writing about them is the easy way out. I’ve had a perspective check involving my kids this week, however. As a result, the time I spent walking down the sidewalk holding my son’s hand and looking at all the “pretty cars and trucks” (as he says in his best two year old vernacular) became more special than I could ever imagined. His eyes big with observation and his soft hand in mine providing a bond between us.
This is why I had a perspective check; an acquaintance of mine from Rapid City, South Dakota won’t experience the father-son bond like I have. He certainly thought he would. But for Marc Linn, the father of 6-month-old Conner, his experience is one of shear terror. Marc found his son in his crib unresponsive with a blanket around his head. He had somehow wrapped it around his head and face and suffocated. Marc buried his precious 6-month-old boy a few days later. Devastated is not a word that aptly describes what Marc is feeling.
So as I walked with my son home, and picked up his little brother for a feeding with the bottle, I thought to myself, this is the greatest moment in the greatest day of my life. Perhaps I am the most blessed person in the world to have my family. In an instant it could be shattered and lost forever.