Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Parental Anticipation

I had the pleasure of interviewing my mom and dad and my wife's mom and pop about what they are looking forward to as soon to be new grandparents. Here's a summary:

Mr. Orloff: As he and his wife enter the closing years of their lives, it is exciting to welcome new life into the world.
Mrs. Orloff: Simply the blessing of a new grandchild.

Mr. Copeland: All the "firsts" that he will be part of such as purchasing his grandson's first baseball glove and his first car. Also seeing my reaction to being a new father.

Mrs. Copeland: Babies, babies. The way they sound, feel, smell taste etc.

I'm looking forward to this little one having such great grandparents. God willing he will share many years with these wonderful souls just like his own parents have had the opportunity to do!

"I am glad to see these bright, radiant children. God willing, all of them may realize the hopes and aspirations of their parents. Praise be to God! I see before me these beautiful children of the Kingdom. Their hearts are pure, their faces are shining. They shall soon become the sons and daughters of the Kingdom. Thanks be to God! They are seeking to acquire virtues and will be the cause of the attainment of the excellences of humanity. This is the cause of oneness in the Kingdom of God."
(Abdu'l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 193)

1 comment:

  1. Phillipe,

    Being a grandparent is an incredible blessing. I can't begin to describe how much I love my grandson! And grandchildren really do unite families, if the willingness to unite is there. I recently had a very heartfelt and honest conversation with my grandson's other grandmother. Her son, my grandson's father, is going through some spiritual tests of the worst kind, and I'm so grateful that I could be supportive of her during this distressing time.

    It is because I am Baha'i that I can accept and love my grandson's father, despite the very self-descructive behavior is has going on in his life. It affects my daughter and my grandson in ways that breaks my heart, but I understand him. I'm a Baha'i and a recovering addict. All I can do is love him and his mother as family. Despite the fact that we are racially different (my family of origin is African American, they are of European ancestry) that's what we are, a family.

    Ya Baha'ul'Abha'!