Monday, April 11, 2011

w is for waiting

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.

Carl Sagan (1934 - 1996) astronomer & scientist extraordinaire

May the love hidden deep inside your heart find the love waiting in your dreams. May the laughter that you find in your tomorrow wipe away the pain you find in your yesterdays.


Your heart is full of fertile seeds, waiting to sprout.
Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969) founder of aikido

w - what word, what word? oh wait, wouldn't wait would be a wonderful word to celebrate!

no matter how busy we are, we are always busy waiting.

we wait
we wait for a train
we wait for the weekend
we wait for the fish to bite
we wait for the birth of a baby
we wait until we are old enough
we wait for the first buds of spring
we wait for a loved one to return
we wait for suffering to end
we wait for peace
we wait
we do

yesterday my neighbor randeep was sitting on her porch, she looked so serene and beautiful with her wonderful expectant belly.

we talked about when the baby was due - I asked (once again) and she brightly replied "eleven days, maybe ten, but who's counting. whenever, I can wait!"

wanting to get on with my walk, I left and remarked "well, the baby will arrive when he or she is ready and not a moment before."

as I walked away I felt relieved- I thought, "oh goody, maybe I will get the baby's quilt done in time after all - ten days, it might work!"

this morning my friend, who happens to be randeep's midwife, called. she couldn't wait to tell me the wonderful news. I woke to hear "the baby is here" although my friend wouldn't provide details, believing that was the new mama or papa's pleasure. she wanted to let me know the baby arrived safely and mother and baby were doing well.

later I heard from randeep - the baby is a girl and indeed all is well!

although this particular wait for randeep and adam is over; there will be lots of new kinds of waiting ahead as they enter the wondrous world which is called parenthood!

the new baby is going to have to wait for her welcome to the world gift - however, as with most things in life, I expect daphne won't even know she's waiting and as with most of our waiting, the wait will be worth it!

photos: a man waits for the rta (an addition to the reading series) cleveland, april 2011; a house in my neighborhood, the yellow ribbon means some serious waiting; randeep, the last day of her pregnancy - 10 april 2011.


maggie's garden said...

Waiting is good...don't they say all good things come to those that wait...
I've been waiting for Jack Kerouac's book On The Road which is on hold at the library. Someone has it and there isn't another copy available...but from what I've heard I'm really going to enjoy it.
Loved the book you suggested for me... God is at Eye Level...was truly inspired. That book was worth the wait.
Much gratitude

Betsy said...

Aw...cute new mama! And lucky for her..10 days less waiting!

eth said...

Happy news for Randeep, Adam, and Daphne!! Congratulations and Welcome.

Dr. Seuss has a bit on waiting in Oh the Places You'll Go. I'll try to remember to bring next time I see you.

Daisy said...

That's such a beautiful photo of beautiful Randeep! Congratulations to the family.

Megan said...

Ha! You barely got that picture in on time! Congrats to the new parents. Mama is lovely.

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Alan Burnett said...

W also stands for welcome - so welcome to this brand new member of the human race.

Angella Lister said...

Your neighbor is going to cherish that picture of the last day of her pregnancy. She looks so happy and glowing with life. Literally. Beautifully.

love to you dear mouse!

Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Have you ever read the book "The Village of Waiting" about life in Togo that was part of a series of books written by Peace Corps workers reflecting on their assignments? Waiting and patience are one of the gifts I have gained on trips to places like Togo and Nepal and being able to accept what is and is not within my control.