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Saturday, September 25, 2010

a miracle

“Birth is the sudden opening of a window, through which you look out upon a stupendous prospect. For what has happened? A miracle. You have exchanged nothing for the possibility of everything.” ~ William MacNeile Dixon

I was sitting with my little first grader the other day, helping him with his math. He is just learning addition, but up until this day, it had been with pictures to help him understand what he was doing. On this particular day, they started taking out the pictures and just leaving the numbers. After we did one problem like that, he looked up at with this thoughtful look on his face, and started thinking out loud..."so wait, if I add 3+4...." a light came on in his face, "that equals 7. Right mom. That equals 7!" I could just see the wheels turning in his head and a light shine on his face. If any of you have seen the Miracle Worker it was a similar feeling to when Helen Keller figures out that water was water. It was amazing to watch. It's almost as if I was watching my little boy transform himself into something greater, better, and with a greater light.

Well, as strange as it sounds this same thing happens when I see a baby born and a family made. There is a light, a glow, a nod from the beyond that this is right and good. It truely is a so many others we encounter in our lives as mothers. The miracle of a family born, a child transformed, a mother made, a couple is when we "have exchanged nothing for the possibility of everything".

1 comment:

Handsfullmom said...

Beautifully written. Thanks for all your wisdom and ideas this morning as well.

Birth is a Journey: Does it have to be life changing?

  • One woman might have to climb on an overfilled boat, risking her life and nearly dying as she escapes over the ocean to come to this land. This experience could certainly be life altering. It may very well color the rest of her life, positively or negatively. (I overcame this amazing struggle and here I am triumphant! OR Holy crap, that was SO hard I don’t know if I can go on! By the way, neither response is “right”. No one would judge the woman with the 2nd response.)
  • One woman may buy an airplane ticket, sit on a comfortable 747 and fly to America with a nice smooth flight and landing. She is happy to be in America. Those welcoming her are glad she is here safe and sound. She may only travel by plane 2-4 times in her life, so it is pretty memorable. But the journey itself probably wouldn’t be life changing; it would simply be a journey.
  • One woman may learn to fly an ultra-light plane to lead a flock of geese into America teaching them to migrate. This experience could certainly be empowering and life altering.