I saw a baby today! O.M.Goodness.
It was all wrapped up in a fluff of Pink, and I am positive that there was a halo. In a McDonald's on I-5. It seems impossible, but that little corner table in the back was a small slice of heaven.
The halo seemed to have enveloped the two women who were with the baby, for they positively glowed. You could tell just by looking that this was the first baby to grace this mother and grandmother. Grandmother was feeding this tiny and precious thing a bottle. It may seem mundane to the uninitiated; but to those few of us who happened to see, it was the Earth.
Of course, I wanted a photo. But though I longed to pull out the phone and click away, I just couldn't. And I'm all the better for it, too.
The young mother was weary, it was plain to see. Her baby was perhaps two weeks old, and we all know the changes that little household has gone through. But although tired, she was obviously blessed - and knew it.
I stood several feet away trying not to be too obviously enamored - but failed. The grandmother glanced up, and smiled. She was tired too. But in that moment, being tired meant nothing compared with the sweet bundle she held.
But it was time to go, and I tore myself away. As we neared the door, I whispered to my husband, "Honey - look at that Baby!!"
We glanced back, and saw the tiny head being patted by both women. In the instant just before we left, I caught the look between them. Mother, daughter. It is an ageless look, really; one that I treasure myself. And it happened in a McDonald's. On I-5.
There is a phrase for moments such as this one, coined by a friend:
See you along the way!
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