CHRISTOPHER FAUGHNAN: Love Behind
was Saturday morning, and Cathy Faughnan was standing in
the chilling wind beside a soccer field rooting for
Juliet, her second child. Just a few weeks earlier, that
had been the job of her husband, Christopher
They met as undergraduates at the University of
Colorado, where he worked as a security guard and she as
a lifeguard. One day, she held up a piece of paper to him
that said, "Cute Butt."
He became a perfect dad. When Mr. Faughnan got home
every weekday at 6:30 p.m. from his job as a trader at
Cantor Fitzgerald, "he would get the kids all crazy,"
Mrs. Faughnan said.
"They would jump around him, laughing and kissing
He bought a minivan, and ferried the three children to
art classes, gymnastic practice, ballet lessons and
The children are Siena, 7, Juliet, 5, and Liam, 3. One
night, Liam asked his mother why Daddy could not come
back, but a few days later, he told her that his father
was a hero. "I don't know where he got that," Mrs.
Faughnan said. "And he told me: `Mommy, I will take care
of you. Daddy doesn't want you to be sad.' "
Today would have been Mr. Faughnan's 38th birthday.
After the trick-or-treating tonight, Mrs. Faughnan will
ask the children to write their dad a message on a piece
of paper, tie it to a balloon and let it fly.