Saturday, August 08, 2009

Baha'i Dad Chronicles: 10 Months Old

Today we celebrated Douglass Ali turning 10 months old with a picnic in the park. Douglass immediately took off on his own. I kept asking him where he was going. He didn't seem to know. Later he became fascinated by a "labradoodle" puppy nearby who was behaving very much like he was. He played and played and played on the blanket and did some wrestling with mom giggling the whole time. He finally settled down a bit for some mommy-made liquid refreshment. Afterward he fell asleep in the car on the way home and is enjoying a well-earned nap.

"These children must be reared with infinite, loving care, and tenderly fostered in the embraces of mercy, so that they may taste the spiritual honey-sweetness of God's love; that they may become like unto candles shedding their beams across this darksome world, and may clearly perceive what blazing crowns of glory the Most Great Name, the Ancient Beauty, hath set on the brows of His beloved..." (Abdu'l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of Abdu'l-Baha, p. 21)