As I’ve mentioned once or three hundred times, my nephew Christian was born last week. He’s darling and precious and already has such a little personality. Can’t wait to cuddle him again.
Holding a newborn has a funny way of making you think about the circle of life, our meaning and purpose, the things that matter most, etc and so on. At such a moment, I would love nothing more than to utter words of wisdom, to speak profound things, to astonish the world with a new Great Thought.
Unfortunately, I’m a little short on Great Thoughts these days. And if I were entirely honest, I’d have to admit that wisdom and profundity are in short supply, as well. Toddler babble and baby talk I’ve got. The ability to astonish with words of wisdom, however…not so much.
So instead I’ll share the Great Thoughts of others. And they’re all about babies.
A baby is God’s opinion that the world should go on. (Carl Sandburg)
Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. (Elizabeth Stone)
A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten, and the future worth living for. (Author Unknown)
Babies are such a nice way to start people. (Don Herrold)
If your baby is “beautiful and perfect, never cries or fusses, sleeps on schedule and burps on demand, an angel all the time,” you’re the grandma.” (Theresa Bloomingdale)
Diaper backward spells repaid. Think about it. (Marshall McLuhan)
People who say they sleep like a baby usually don’t have one. (Leo J. Burke)
Babies are always more trouble than you thought — and more wonderful. (Charles Osgood)
And last, but certainly not least:
I chose you before I formed you in the womb; I set you apart before you were born. (God in Jeremiah 1)