When Jenny Basques walked in on her husband of six-years in tears Wednesday evening, she feared for the worst. "Baby, what's the matter?" she said as she ran over. "Did your mother get the test results?"
"No, said Hernando, 33, as he stared misty-eyed at the television. "It's Dwyane Wade's last game and Budweiser put out a really sad commercial."
"Are you fucking kidding?" Jenny responded to her husband, who she had never seen cry before and whose emotional unavailability had been a source of contention between the two for years.
"It's just so sad, Wade has done so much for Miami since joining the league in 2003, except for that time he left for Cleveland and Chicago, which we don't talk about. I'm gonna miss him a lot," wept Hernando, who had only last month mocked his six-year-old son for crying after he fell off his bike.
"He told our son he was 'being a pussy' for crying after he fell, and it turned out he had fractured his elbow!" said Jenny as she blocked the couple's son from entering the living room at the request of her husband. "It's not good for a boy to see his father cry," said Hernando as he blew his nose on his Wade jersey.
"Dad," the man's son called from the other room. "I know you're sad and I just want you to know that I don't think you're a pussy and I love you very much."
Touched by his son's emotional maturity, Hernando took a breath, wiped the tears from his face, and met his son in the hall.
"I love you, daddy," said his boy, widening his arms for a hug. "Thanks, son," said Hernando, grabbing his sons hand and giving it a vigorous shake. Hernando's refusal to tell his son that he loved him or to hug the young boy caused the child to well up, to which Hernando told his son to stop or "he would give him something to cry about."