As I was breakfasting at my regular nook, I recieved two wonderful pieces of news. Niecey Moore shared a St.Louis American, SECTION FRONT PAGE story with jump to inside.
It recounted the story of her two sons the Wonderful Wrestling Wilbourn Brothers - who just recently won The Missouri State High School wrestling championships in their respective weight classes. (SEE BLOG of 02.28.10)
Next, Lorna LaGrone, another one of my pals told me about a Miracle Baby just born to her daughter. The baby came into the world in a big early hurry on 03.07.10...weighing in at just 2 lbs. 6 ounces.
Then she showed me two photo's on her "Buck Rogers In the 25th Century" phone.
One showed her tiny preemie grandson in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at St. John's Mercy Medical Center. His tiny body was wired up to a mind-boggling maze of state-of-the-art-technology.
Lorna said, "He came off the feeding thing today and is starting on the breast milk."
Undoubtedly, he's now getting that good natural colostrum that will give him powerful antibodies that are stored in all Mother's milk.
Then she showed me a picture of the baby's itsy-bitsy hand resting in the palm of his grandfather's big rugged hand. It looked like the hand of a working man...it was strong, tough and weathered.
The size contrast was obvious - but that is not what struck me.
I said, "Look at the deep lines in his Grandpa's hand. Now look at the lines in the baby's hand. Don't they look alike?"
Remarkably, they did.
Two Life lines.
Grandfather and grandson linked back through time and space from the NICU in St. Louis all the way to their ancestors somewhere under starlit African skies.
In generations past, the 2 lb. 6 oz baby, would have most likely perished.
Today he lives.
If you ever need evidence of the link between men and women and the value of technology employed in the preservation of life...you need look no further.
Yet other babies are killed because they are perhaps "inconvenient" or unwanted.
I wonder if the reason there seem to be fewer giants today like Einstein, Stienmetz, Churchill, Edison, Robeson or Gahndi is because they might have been aborted. All I know for sure is that the natural order of the planet has been altered my their absence,
This is why I'm Pro-Baby.
I may be very much out of touch with the American mainstream, but I believe that every life holds a unique potential given by the Creator of all potential.
What we choose to do with the God-given gift of human potential is up to each of us.
I know that Lorna and her family are Thanking God for the doctors, nurses, scientists and biomedical engineers, who chose to use their potential to save "preemies."
Oh, by the way this little baby has a very BIG name:
Chace Kaiden William LaGrone-Clairborne.
I told his beaming Grandma ( Who, looks like she's barely 30 ) that I predicted that her new grandson will be a terrific speller by 1st. Grade.
I also predicted that he will lead a Bold Innovative Generous life. He may be tiny now, but his potential to be BIG is unlimited.
Ironically I know of two grandsons born here in St. Lousi into very diffrent families with the sound-alike names of Chase and Chace. I hope they both chase and catch their dreams and reach the full height, length and breadth of their God-given human potential.
I wonder if they will ever meet?
Birk, Commonsensetarian, Citizen of the Republic, Mob of One and The Sage In The Snuggie
PS: If the world ever gets you down...just go to a nursery in any hospital and look at the parents and grandparents staring though the nursery glass at their newborn, in awe and wonder.
They still can't get over it...that miracle called life.