SUFFERN, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, February 23, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote, “There are no second acts in American lives." Barry Gold intends to prove him wrong.
Gold is the author of the forthcoming memoir Renaissance Dad, which details his journey from “the youngest guy in the coronary ICU to the oldest guy with a newborn.”
“I was 62 when our son Richard was born. Now I am 71,” says Gold. “It is less difficult than it sounded to me at the time, but the experience has had some interesting twists and turns that were unexpected to me. Essentially, I've undergone a spiritual rebirth. That’s why I call it a ‘renaissance.’”
A retired scientist with a PhD in pharmacology, Gold has two children from his first marriage, a daughter and a son who are both adults.
“I just published a little piece on Parents.com last November titled ‘The Obvious Question When Your Kids Are 35 Years Apart,’ says Gold. “But the obvious question is really, ‘Will I live long enough to see my son grow up and graduate college?’ Of course, I’ve been asked, ‘Is that your grandson.’ No, he's my son.”
Gold is sharing his story to prove it’s never too late to start again.
“I was at the beginning of my career when my first two were born,” recalls Gold. “I wasn't home that much. My ex-wife raised our children. Now I'm at the other end of my career and I find I share it the responsibilities equally with my wife. We are full-time parents.
“I prefer to think of it as running life backwards,” adds Gold. “I find myself trying to be more patient and spend more time teaching and concentrate on things I had no time to do with my first set of children.”
Gold says for now his son Richard, now eight, isn’t entirely aware his father is much older than his peers.
“As long as I can continue to chase him down the driveway and pick him up and run with him and wrestle with him, there's no consciousness on his part that dad's old,” says Gold.
Perhaps most interestingly, Gold and his wife were able to become parents again through the use of a surrogate.
“My wife and I we had been married eight years and we wanted to have a child. We had dozens if not hundreds of embryos in a freezer at NYU in New York City. I said, ‘Why don't we find a surrogate?’ We ended up going through a surrogacy agency and having a surrogate who was impregnated with our embryo.
“Surrogacy extends the concept of parenting. Clearly, at 71 with an eight-year-old that's outside of the biological possibilities of what could have happened, and yet here I am being a father for the second time and enjoying it thoroughly.”
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