Sunday, October 11, 2009

Baha'i Dad Chronicles: Our Son Is One

Time flies when you're having a son. It is hard to believe that a year and four days ago I laid eyes on this little guy for the first time. Those of you who have been following Baha'i Dad Chronicles know that it has been a very full year. Infancy has given way to toddler-hood and baby Douglass looks like a little boy now. Though he's not quite old enough to say so, I think he knows that he's at a different stage in his journey. His wobbly-walk is now a more confident stride. He knows what he wants and goes and gets it. He is trying patiently to train us to comply with his wishes (sometimes not so patiently actually). The toys from his baby days have been cast aside for the bigger and better.

His first birthday party went off with little fuss and lots of fun. Small, intimate, full of love and laughter. The guest of honor was a boy from his day care who brought his mommy and grandparents along. They both lit up when they saw each other and energetic play ensued. I think it was nice for Douglass to have someone his own size arrive after dealing with big people all day.

It was fun to watch Douglass opening his gifts and the obvious excitement he felt about his new toys. A big hit was a toy cell phone that he marched around with for most of the party.

Near the end, he let us all know that the party was over by promptly falling asleep. Now that's how a party should end!

O God! Educate these children. These children are the plants of Thine orchard, the flowers of Thy meadow, the roses of Thy garden. Let Thy rain fall upon them; let the Sun of Reality shine upon them with Thy love. Let Thy breeze refresh them in order that they may be trained, grow and develop, and appear in the utmost beauty. Thou art the Giver. Thou art the Compassionate.

- 'Abdu'l-Bahá