Backstory – Babies’ Futures
Grandparents are so excited when a new grand-baby arrives. Imagine my sister’s delight – and amazement – when she found out that three grand-babies were on the way. Three of her children were pregnant and delivered a boy child within a month or two of each other.
It was quite an event when the whole family met all three baby boys at one time. As I held each one and cuddled him and watched him socialize with his cousins, I could not help but think about their future and how they would affect our future.
Those of us now in the grandparent years had our chance to make our mark on the world. We did our thing, had our career, made our stand, lived out our passion. Our future is now at the mercy of those just coming into their own.
The world has changed so much since we raised our children. How will these babies raise their children, when the time comes? In our wildest imagination, I doubt we could conceive what the world will be like then.
Mentally reviewing all these questions, while cuddling these babies, led to the composition of this week’s show. See what questions it raises in your mind.
Consider This Show – Babies Future
They were born just months apart; three grand-babies for my lucky sister. It was such a surprise when her married children announced they were all pregnant, one after the other. She could not wait to have all three babies in one place at one time.
This summer it happened. The whole family gathered – from Chicago, New Jersey, Virginia – and celebrated the first birthdays of all three babies.
It was amazing how different they all were. One was already walking – toddling around the picnic grounds as independent as you please. One had a look of fine concentration; like he was taking everything in and had profound unspoken knowledge. The third was complacent and charming, smiling all the while and cuddling with anyone who offered their hands to hold him.
I was thinking my future and yours lies in the hands of these three baby men, and thousands like them who are just coming into our world, our society, our environment. What values will they have as they grow up? What morals will they uphold? What will the world expect of them?
The only thing I could predict for sure is that they will all be different from the way I was brought up. Very different. Better? Worse? History has yet to tell.
But as I kissed their sweet cheeks and felt the warmth of their smiles, I felt that my future was in good hands.