Thursday, September 18, 2008

Love Thursday

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!


beth said...

i'm with many babies coming. :)
happy love thursday to you.

Jen said...

Oh..I'm sure she will love it. The magnet tag is a great idea!
Happy LT!

Gayle said...

Hi Shalet, Thank you for commenting on my blog!

What a beautiful post. It brought tears to my eyes and it made me smile!

Kath said...

Happy Love Thursday. Hand knit with love is always the best!

Christina said...

Aww so many babies. I can smell the sweet baby smell, from here.

The magnet on the gift card is such a clever idea.

Thank you for visiting me, I hope you come back and visit soon.

; )

AscenderRisesAbove said...

awww so sweet; what is that saying ?? - babies are God's way of saying the world must go on; something like that

Ingrid said...

Awwwwww! Six babies--wow! There is definitely some nuzzling in your future, my dear. They will all love these beautiful booties. Wonderful words about the continuation of potential (even once we start drying up and smelling less like lilac an honeysuckle, and more like old people). So true! :)

Bridge said...

lovely, you are a talent! I cannot sew or knit or crochet despite best efforts.


Jentarbet said...

Beautiful!! What warm, tender energy. Love the booties and hat, too! Your momma friends are lucky to have such beautiful gifts (myself included!)

Rebecca said...

such a delightful ode to pregnant mothers and babies. wow!

Anonymous said...

such beautiful words and beautiful knitting!

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