There are certain “sights” in this world that seem to calm frazzled nerves, refresh the soul and give peace of mind. For some people, it is beautiful scenery – majestic mountains, the glorious colors of autumn leaves, or a cascading waterfall. For others, it can be ocean waves and sandy beaches, a calm lake, or a beautiful sunrise/sunset. For some of us, the sight of a newborn baby or an infant at play (human or animal) is enough to elicit exclamations of “awwwwwwws,” “oooooohhhs,” and smiles and laughter.
When driving in the country, I love to see new calves and colts full of energy and spirit. I will never say “no” to the opportunity of holding a puppy with little pink paw pads and sweet puppy breath. I’m also particularly fond of gray kittens and very partial to baby cockatiels.
Recently, I had the joy of holding a beautiful, newborn baby boy. Baby Z was born on 09/09/09, weighing 6 pounds/9 ounces and was 17.72 inches long. When his mother asked if I wanted to hold him, I jumped at the opportunity. After cradling his head and feeling his softness in my arms, I was flooded with memories from 29 years ago when I held my sweet baby girl! I couldn’t stop looking at the face of this beautiful little boy, sound asleep and resting peacefully.
After a while, “Auntie Les” gave Baby Z back to mom. I quickly found myself giving direction. ”Be sure you have his little head, before I let go.” “Are you sure, you have him okay?” At this point, I sounded more like “grandma,” than an aunt. Obviously, I didn’t want to let go. It felt so natural to hold him. I know I am more than ready to be a grandma! When we left the hospital after our visit, I told my husband how I hoped the next time I held a baby, it would be our grandchild! My husband just smiled.
Let’s face it. I’m an “earth mother,” greatly in love with “all God’s creatures, great and small!” The newborn and young inspire hope for the future and a sense of new beginnings. When my heart and soul are weary from the tragedies I encounter in my counseling practice (and earlier in my career as a counselor for a municipal police department), I look for those “sights” that keep me moving in a positive direction and help to promote optimism. Before too long, I realize that everything is going to be okay.