I received this photo my my new grandchild in my email this evening and I am thrilled beyond words. The reality of seeing this young child, only approximately 3 months old, is so incredible. I love how these images make the baby glow, as if touched by some celestial light. How pure and innocent, how full of trust and love this child is. There is something so magical about seeing it so young...seeing it before it is born. It makes it almost impossible to want to wait to hold him/her (I think her...I had a dream...but we'll see.)
I feel as if I already know this child. When I magnify the image I see a face that I recognize; that is familiar to me. Perhaps it is someone that I used to know that has come here once again. If so, I will feel the connection immediately. Maybe that is what I already am sensing: the familiarity of someone that was once close to me.
When Natalie was born I felt an immediate connection to her and we still have it to this day. She is 5 years old now but when we look into each other's eyes we both sense the oneness that we share. I felt this same feeling when my twins were born. The first time I looked at their faces I saw myself. I remember saying "Oh, they look just like me" as they wheeled me away to the ICU. I had a rough birthing but I came out of it just fine. I am a survivor.
So, on this November day when I am thinking of friends from the past and friends that have transitioned to another place, I am happy to get a glimpse of someone that I love even before we meet face-to-face. I don't think that there could be anything in this world that could make a person any happier than this kind of news; this kind of photograph. It is pure love, pure joy, pure happiness.