Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Baha'i Dad Chronicles: What A Month!

I would have to say that this has been the most exciting month of Douglass 'Ali's little life. Where do I begin. First of all, he is walking. I can't make up my mind if he walks like a penguin, a cowboy or a cowboy-penguin but the boy is walkin' y'all. Legend has it that I was walking in my 10th month so I guess you could say this is an in-your-father's-footsteps kind of achievement. There were a number of other firsts as well.

He had his first trip to the world famous Quincy Market where he spent a lovely afternoon with some old friends of his parents and all their kids.

He hosted his first backyard picnic complete with his buddy Connor from daycare. It was a hot day so he decided to show off his arms and abs.

He attended his first wedding and ran into his other buddy, Mishkin. Those two took the wedding by storm, proudly displaying their 'bromance' for all to see. Rumor has it, Douglass had to decline on several proposals from older women that day as well.

He had his first opportunity to welcome a newborn at the same hospital he arrived in. His auntie Sam had a beautiful baby girl named Amelia, whose itty-bittyness made Douglass look like some kind of giant. I cannot believe that not so long ago he was a new arrival. Later, Douglass was able to visit Amelia at home and made sure that her mommy was putting her diaper on properly. That's what big brothers are for, right?

He ate corn on the cob for the first time. Corn on the cob must be the funnest food of all time to eat. It was certainly fun to watch him eat it. It reminded me of the first time I grew my own cornstalk. I had read that plants grow better if you talk to them. So what did I do? I read books to my cornstalk.

Finally, he played on the beach and waded in a lake for the first time. This was during a visit with his mom's parents in New Hampshire. Playing in the sand was quite fun. However, trying to do his cowboy-penguin walk through the water was a rude awakening. He promptly fell into the water and let us know quickly that he was not 'feelin' it'. With a little encouragement, he started to enjoy himself a bit though.

In a few short weeks he will be a year old. Baha'i Thought will feature a 'Baha'i Dad Chronicles' round-up in honor of the little guy.

Thou art My lamp and My light is in thee. Get thou from it thy radiance and seek none other than Me. For I have created thee rich and have bountifully shed My favor upon thee.

(Baha'u'llah, The Arabic Hidden Words)