Today’s Friday is about babies. and this week, I have an hour or so to kill, and therefore some time to contemplate and play!
Tell us about babies in your life, of all kinds, even ideas!
Tell us about the babies you’ve paid attention to in your life:
1. babies of family or friends:
my babies, my boys, especially relevant this wekend, as (hopefully) this time tomorrow I shall have all three of them together for the weekend. This is precipitated by middle son George about to depart to Canada for a whole year. (sigh) So we are going to have a fun-filled, food sharing, free-spirited, fabulous family gathering. Which makes me very, very happy
2. animal babies: when the boys were boys (as opposed to the young men they all are now) we filled the house with animal babies - well, that MAY be an exaggeration! We had numerous small rodents, mostly Russian Hamsters; and one lovely, beautiful puppy - who turned into a dear and faithful companion (for her story see blog from January 2011 "On death & dying"). It taught us all about caring for those who really need us: without us the hamsters would die: they needed food and water and fresh bedding. It was a good thing: it also helped them and me to learn about how we deal with life and death. Little hamsters only live for a couple of years and taking your children through rituals, and bereavement over "Speedy" is as painful as it can be; yet is also a beautiful thing to do: that garden where they grew up has at least three little graves!!
3. babies you remember in movies or on tv: hmm... lol!! OK: this may come under the title of guilty pleasure!! I love, love to watch all those reality midwife/ birth/ hopsital documentaries. I cry at every birth; and I am totally gripped.
4. babies in the Bible: Isaac; Moses; John; Jesus: each story has a miraculous, wondrous quality, either because of how they were conceived or how they survived against all the odds. When my oldest boy Rick was about 9 or 10; he was asked at bible class what his favourite bible story was. And he chose the story of Isaac and Abraham's visit up the mountain to make a sacrifice. When asked why, he said it was because it shows that even in the very worst situation (your Dad's going to sacrifice you!) God is there, and God will sort it out.
5. anything that may be a “baby” arising in your own life: my current .... obsession.... yes, think it probably is an obsession, is "The Most Organised Wedding in the World Ever that Doesn't have a Date Yet" - mine!!! Ceremony; Music; Dresses, Invitations, Place settings; Menus; Party; Quizzes; Cake you name it, I have it, or have plans for it!! And some day... some day soon, I trust I will have a date too!!