Almost nineteen months ago I became a father. In hockey terms it was on the very day that the Candian women were doing our nation proud and capturing gold at the Socchi Olympics. I never saw one minute of that game for the best possible reason. The next few months were a very trying time for my family. The first few months are very difficult for any new parents. There are many adjustments, a total lack of sleep, and an endless mountain of laundry. As prepared as we thought we were, we weren't - especially not for what was coming. It took some time to realize that things were just not quite right.
My amazing wife, who has gone through a tremendous amount - particularly over the last nineteen months - has written a piece talking about the emotional roller coaster she has been on, and while this is not even slightly Hab-related, I am sharing it here. (Below the picture of in-arguably the cutest kid to sport a Habs jersey)
From darkness to spiritual enlightenment
by Shiri Hermelin
After months of individual therapy, group therapy and even family therapy, I started feeling a little happier. Storm clouds were lifting, things were looking brighter and Aiden and I were slowly, yet surely, developing a special bond.
There’s an old cliché that tells; “It Takes a village to raise a child”. Based on my experience, there’s no shame in the fact that is a well worn cliché with good reason. Please, never suffer alone. Reach out to your village. It is not always “Just a phase” and it may not “Just pass”.
Shiri can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org