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)

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous12:57 PM

    this comment is related not to this post, refreshing though it is, but rather to the previous lively discussion about the anti-slavery movement, John Brown, Baha's viewpoints. etc:

    I just found out Thaddeus Stevens' home in Lancaster was recently discovered as a stop on the Undergound Railroad--only about a mile from where I live. Another controversial figure in his day. Your article, plus stories told to me by a friend, an 82 year old woman, African American, devout Christian, loves our devotional gatherings and study circles, are prompting my desire to learn more. It seems as a child, one of 20 siblings, growing up in Christiana (site of 1850 anti-slavery riot), my friend, her brothers and sisters, too, played in tunnels that were part of Underground Railroad. And her grandfather was one of those escaped slaves who had taken refuge there

    My thought: a lot of history has been physically buried, and/or distorted by historians, and perhaps should be uncovered and placed in perspective of the relationship to what was happening at those very times in the East, at the dawn of the New Day, and how the forces being released by the coming of the new Manifestations stirred America.
    When sacrifices of those people who went before us, insightful souls who somehow recognized all are equal before God, are acknowledged, we can move forward, in my opinion. And, yes, they, and we, are all flawed individuals, including the slave-holding founding fathers of this country. Yet, "All are His servants, and all abide by His bidding." --we can decide how and if all were players in moving America forwards to it's destiny of bearers of the healing message of Baha'u'llah, and (bottom line) be inspired to play our part in healing our nation and world.