I was talking with a friend of mine this weekend - about babies.
He expressed a sentiment that I'm certainly no stranger to. That being that it's a scary time to be bringing children into the world. Global warming. Droughts. Disease. Death. Destruction. War. Economics. Politics. Food recalls. All of a sudden even plastic is bad for you.
This is what I told him. (Not in these exact words, but you'll get the gist.)
Yes. Its scary. BUT looking down on a baby. A newborn baby. A new life, you can't help but to be encouraged. The sheer fact that you see these scary things in the world gives your new son or daughter an advantage because you can prepare him (or her) for what's out there.
I look down at my son, and I can't help but to wonder not just what he's going to be, but WHO he's going to be. WHAT he's going to do.
Everybody who has ever walked the earth, started out just like my little son. Can't speak. Can't understand what everyone is saying. Peeping. Pooping on himself. Crying for no reason at all. George Washington Carver. W.E.B. Dubois. Barack. The garbage man. The police officer. The local butcher. The people in your neighborhood. The best and worst of society. All of them started out exactly the same way.
A new baby is unmeasurable potential. The potential for what is up to us.
Know What I'm Sayin'??
I just knew you would be THIS kind of dad.