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Topic: Birth (infancy) (08/20/09)
TITLE: Baby Steps and Beyond
By Andrew Meiser
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“Show them what you can do honey!”
My wife beamed as she proudly balanced our 4-month old on her knee, a video camera poised to record whatever it was that Scotty could do.
The problem was that he couldn’t do much—or wouldn’t. Scotty had been born nearly a month-and-a-half early. He was still getting used to the fact of being here, and really hadn’t gotten around to mastering much of the physical realm. Still, he was a smiling redheaded ball of charm who. . .smiling. . .yes he could definitely smile. So he did a lot of that into the video camera, and not much else.
My son’s limited skill set didn’t prevent my parents from making frequent trips to the inner-city of Philadelphia where we resided. Mom and Dad were anything but comfortable driving into and out of Philadelphia, but the city was small obstacle to grandparents intent on seeing their first grandchild. They made it to our house, held the baby end-to-end, and exited whence they came.
So what was the attraction? What is the attraction of a baby? What makes us thrill over gurgling, smiling, crawling and (gasp) walking, seeing as most of us have pretty much mastered the same? Whatever, the babies keep performing, and we keep following their every move.
Scotty waited till 18 months or so to really begin walking. No matter. He was a joy at every crawl, and continues to be as his teen years edge past the midpoint. Every new step of progress has been thrilling for one simple reason: he is mine. As such I am rooting for his march to manhood, and cheering every step.
Fixated on his children, thrilled with every step, not satisfied until the full measure of maturity is reached—I know another Father who acts like that. As parents we love the process, as we yearn for the final product. There is a riddle to parenting and parenthood which is summed in this:
“Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that, when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him just as he is.”
1 John 3:2 (NIV)
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