Considering the awful state of affairs in this world, it's easy to understand why some people are skittish about having children.
Others are more foolish -- or more optimistic. I throw my lot with the optimists.
As does Carl Sandburg, the official poet of Bitty's Back Porch, who famously said, "A baby is God's opinion that life should go on."
As do my son and daughter-in-law, as they make their awestruck transition to parenthood.
Little A was born last night in California, a thoughtful young man who limited his birthing process to the time between late morning and 11:23 pm, allowing his parents a little sleep -- except all they wanted to do last night was keep their eyes open and gaze at this commonplace miracle.