Sunday, September 07, 2008

Seat of Truth


"Praise be to Thee, O Lord, my Best Beloved! Make me steadfast in Thy Cause, and grant that I may be reckoned among those who have not violated Thy Covenant nor followed the gods of their own idle fancy. Enable me, then, to obtain a seat of truth in Thy presence, bestow upon me a token of Thy mercy and let me join with such of Thy servants as shall have no fear nor shall they be put to grief."
(Compilations, Baha'i Prayers, p. 163)

I experienced another milestone on the way to the imminent birth of our first child, installation of the "infant car seat". I learned in our birthing class that the hospital would actually not allow you to take your newborn home unless you have one of these special seats. I also learned that getting an appointment to have one installed (80% of people install them incorrectly) could take a long time. The heat was on as they say. I went through a lengthy and nerve-jangling game of phone tag with an office of the Boston Public Health Commission that installs and inspects these seats and finally went down there personally to get an appointment. The appointment ended up being being about three weeks from now. Not good but better than no appointment. I got home and the phone rang. Turns out I could show up in Cambridge on Saturday without an appointment and get this taken care of (God is the Most Glorious!). I hastened to get my seat installed. It was serious business. Cars all over the place, paperwork to fill out, state troopers at the ready and inspectors pushing and pulling violently on the car seat to make sure it was firmly in place. At last it was finished and I drove home imagining the little one soon to occupy this seat. Driving will never be quite the same again.

For more info on infant car seats you can read here.