Sunday, October 17, 2004

Oh. My. God.

A newcomer has joined the family. I would be a very poor example of a grandfather if I continued to write daily posts to a weblog and failed to mark today's historic event as a life-changing moment.

The picture is actually ninety degrees counterclockwise to gravity, but it's better to show it this way than have everyone turn their heads over to look into this wonderful new face. The moment was captured by one of those clever picture phones belonging to his aunt. This picture becomes one of the first defining documents in the formation of a new life.

And isn't that who we are? After all is said and done, we are at least a compendium of documentary records. We can argue and debate all day over what we may have done or said, or what we meant to do or say. Just listen to a presidential "debate" and make of it what you want. But in the end, it's the documents that people need to see. So here is the most important new document in our family, establishing that another citizen is about to start shaping world events.

A warm welcome, my child, and may God richly bless you and your proud parents. A new baby is as close to perfection as human experience can know. It doesn't get better than this.

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