Sunday, December 06, 2009

Baha'i Dad Chronicles: 14 months (almost)

Tomorrow Douglass Ali will be 14 months old. It is hard to believe that my little boy was a fuzzy ultrasound photo a little over a year ago. Today he is a three dimensional dynamo, always in motion, laughing, playing, dancing, hugging and surprising us with new behaviors.

Just a moment ago I was trying to get him to say the word "bird". He looked at me for a moment and then hopped up and walked away. His mom and I watched him, wondering what he was up to. He came back over to us with a book with a picture of a bird on the front. Ignoring our astonishment, he turned the pages until he was on the page with a large rubber ducky. Un-be-lievable!

He's done other things recently that suggest he might be somewhat understanding what we are saying. His aunt gave him a Cabbage Patch doll as a gift recently. Watching him carry this doll around and put its bottle in its mouth is both hilarious and touching. We were in the kitchen and I asked him, "Where is your baby? Go get your baby." He walked around the corner towards the bathroom and then appeared carrying the doll. He sat down, laid the doll on the floor and put its bottle in its mouth.

Douglass also seems to be becoming increasingly tenacious. After a long time of trying to keep him from pushing the buttons on the TV and DVD player, his mom bought a kind of plastic barrier to keep him away from it. After I installed it, he immediately started trying to figure out how to get through it. He would push it over here, pull it over there, bang on it and so on. At one point he put a chair near it to climb over it. I thought we had finally bested him when I heard my wife say, "He figured it out". Sure enough I came in the room to see that he had found a way to get at the TV and change the channel.

Another fun thing he did was stand on a chair while his mom was doing the dishes and did his version of it, which was essentially playing in the water.

Douglass has also recently become super affectionate. When he sees me, he runs over and wraps his arms around my ankles and squeezes. I never get tired of it, I'll tell you.

Other adventures this month involved a tape measure and a lion on wheels that plays funky music. Good times!

What a power is love! It is the most wonderful, the greatest of all living powers.

Love gives life to the lifeless. Love lights a flame in the heart that is cold. Love brings hope to the hopeless and gladdens the hearts of the sorrowful.

In the world of existence there is indeed no greater power than the power of love. When the heart of man is aglow with the flame of love, he is ready to sacrifice all -- even his life. In the Gospel it is said God is love.
(Abdu'l-Baha, Paris Talks, p. 179)