Once on a Sunday in Alaska our young family went out for lunch to a popular hotel restaurant after church. Our daughters were very young, maybe 2 and 3 years old. A somber, bespectacled elderly gentleman looked upon us with something like philosophic pity as we were being seated and remarked, "This isn't the kind of world we should bring children into, it's already fraught with such severe problems and shortages. Things are so tense internationally......" and so on. I don't even remember how I answered, if I answered. I only remember looking at the world through his eyes for a moment and how bleak and grim it all seemed. He was old enough that he's probably not around today, but on the other hand, one of our daughters went to medical school and became a doctor with a thriving practice after a 2 year stint in the Peace Corps in Africa, and the other lectured as a naturalist before marrying a serviceman who serves currently in Afghanistan. They are the parents of two beautiful boys barely older than our daughters were that afternoon at the hotel. Though that elderly skeptic may have passed on, his attitude and outlook are still alive and well (using "alive" loosely) and being refuted daily by the surging fruitfulness of the unfolding lives of those who aren't even supposed to exist in the first place, if only we knew better.
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