My First Father's Day

June 13, 2011 Updated Jun 14, 2011 at 10:58 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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June 13, 2011 Updated Jun 14, 2011 at 10:58 AM EDT

I have always felt lucky to work in the field that I do. I have always believed that working as a sports anchor, close to where I grew up, had to be the best job in the world. Then I became a father.



This weekend I will celebrate Father's day.. as a dad.. for the first time. My son Henry just turned 7 months old. He was born on Halloween.. and since that day I have learned that being a father, to me, is now the most rewarding job in the world. Move over sports..haha.



I hear it only continues to get better, but raising our first child has already been an amazing experience. He makes me laugh, at times he makes me crazy, but I wouldn't change a thing. I love being a dad.



My wife and I are lucky to have many loving examples in our lives to offer guidance and support on how to raise a family, but closing in on Father's day.. my thoughts are on my dad.



I was lucky enough to have a father that put family before anything else. A loving man who treated everyone with respect, and taught me to be a person that did the same.



I lost my father three-and-a-half years ago. He passed away at the age of 57 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. I was 33.



My father, more then anything, couldn't wait to have grandchildren. Unfortunately he never had a chance to meet my son, but Henry will know all about him. Henry will know that his middle name Lawrence comes from his Grandfather.



Since my father passed this time of year has often been difficult. This year though I have a different perspective. Having a son makes me more grateful then ever for the man that helped raise me, and makes me appreciate the father that I want to be.



"Enjoy every day" and "Remember where you came from", words that my father lived by. Words that I intend to pass along on this Father's Day... so on Friday we are taking Henry to the cemetery for the first time in Webster to visit his grandfather Russo.. then on Sunday we are coming back to Buffalo to run the "Jog for the Jake" with my father-in-law, and Henry's grandfather Les. A man who I am equally grateful and lucky to have in my life.



Remembering where we came from, enjoying every day.
That is the plan for the weekend. Sounds great to me.
Happy Father's Day.
jrusso@wkbw.com