Thursday, September 18, 2008
Hoards of brand spanking new people have invaded my life; one, two, three, four, five, six. Yup - six babies. Sixty tiny little toes, sixty delectable fingers, six bellies begging for raspberries. And none of these children are mine; they are the offspring of my sister, friends and co-workers. Lucky me I don’t have diapers to change or late night feedings. I get to step back and enjoy these sprites for what they are - pure unadulterated beings. And I am reminded of the potential. The innocence. The joy.
I’ve been watching the mommies with their bulging bellies and swelling chests. Their momma shuffle as the days come near. I remember the dragging feet, the pulling of ligaments and the kicks to the ribs. I don’t remember feeling the glow. It's as if the queen bee took residence within their pregnant hollows and honey now drips from their pores. They are - to put it simply - beautiful.
And then the babies with their sporadic movement, O lips and satin smooth skin. They smell like a summer’s evening; lilacs and honeysuckle drifting through an open window, curtains fluttering in the breeze. Even the yeasty milk of babies’ breath is endearing like bread rising in the oven - organic, natural, homemade.
To hold these babies, carefully cradling their heads and nuzzling your face against theirs, inhaling -it’s as if you’re inhaling the universe. You’ve breathed in the world - you belong to it and it to you.
And I can’t help but be jealous. These babes have their whole lives ahead of them. But sitting here, writing, talking to you - I realize I have the rest of my life ahead of me. And you - you have the rest of your life ahead of you. We are but neonates with the same kinetic energy as these infants I hold so dear. We all have the potential to watch, to listen and to learn. We are all innocent, joyful and beautiful.
So today, on Love Thursday, I’m loving life; people everywhere, big and small and full of potential.
Tomorrow is another baby shower. Here's a little something I knit up for the occasion.
The gift tag is printed on magnet photo paper and can be put on the fridge after the gift is opened. I hope she likes it!