Thursday, January 01, 2009

Meeting the 22nd Century

My first grandchild--Charlotte Louise Martins Washington--was born three weeks ago tomorrow. But since her house is 537 miles away from mine, Nana Dragonfly and I were not able to meet her personally untl yesterday. She's a beauty, alright, and we are thrilled to begin our relationship with her. She won't remember it, of course--though, God knows, there will be plenty of pictures to prove to her that the event took place. 

Most of what needs to be said at a moment like this, of course, is inarticulable--except, perhaps, in poetry, and I don't have that particular muse just right now. It is a liminal time, suffused with mystery. My grandparents saw the 19th century. It is not at all inconceivable that this grandchild (and any who may follow her) will see the 22nd. Awesome.

In the meantime, check out the effect I have on her:


Undergroundpewster said...

Ohhhhh, how cute...

Undergroundpewster said...

The baby I mean...

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Father Dan,

I wrote this yesterday for our second grandson born in December.

Mr. Maxwell
Mr. Maxwell is brought to you by God,
He is Heaven sent to help us to love.
He is a sleeping bundle of human potential
He is in another incarnation of God with us.
To hold him is to share in his parent’s joy.
He sleeps so well with a conscience pure.
His life is in our hands and sometimes we fear
That we will not measure up to the task.
We pray that God will keep him is His will.
He is a child of God, a son and a brother, a nephew,
And a grandson.
He is a connection between to two historical stories
Played out as families of the past, present and future.
Who will he be? What will he become? It is all in God’s
Hands and according to His plan.
Lord may we be worthy stewards of the gift you have
Bestowed upon us
Hapy new year Fr. Dan
Dcn Dale

plsdeacon said...

let's hope that is not the same effect you have on your parishoners!



Phil Snyder

Anonymous said...

Hi Gramps!

Did you start out with " are getting sleepy ...?!"

So happy for you and for each and every one of your newly, wonderfully, and gloriously expanded family!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks be to God!


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Frank Remkiewicz aka “Tree” said...

Fr. Dan - as a relatively new grandfather I can also attest to the great joy grandchildren bring to grandparents. I am not sure what it is -- but it is moving. Best wishes!