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Must Things be Perfect to be Beautiful?

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Thursday, December 24, 2020

A child is born, and the babies pediatrician comes in to visit the mother post delivery.

“Congratulations! You have a perfectly healthy beautiful bouncing baby!"

Those were not the words we heard after our last baby was born.
I was taken to my room in the maternity ward, excited to hold my new baby girl! Until--The pediatrician entered with a somber look on his face. I knew him from the hospital where we both worked. His boyish look looked grim. He gazed out the big window for a moment and then back to me. I was glad I was laying down.

"Things are 'not right with your baby. She is going to need emergency surgery
immediately. I have called for air ambulance to pick her up where she will be flown to U.C. Davis in California. (the next state). An excellent surgeon and a team will be called and waiting.”

It came as an enormous shock wave. It was to be the first of five major surgeries. She weighed less than eight pounds and was only hours old. I was able to hold her for about five minutes where it was clear she was hungry and wanted to nurse. But that would not happen. She was quickly whisked away.

At a later surgery, I was sitting by her crib and got acquainted with the mother of the baby lying in the next crib. The baby had Down’s syndrome and was about to have open heart surgery. All was not well. I looked at his sleeping little body. He looked like a little angel. I touched his tummy—he was so soft.

Not everything was perfect but they were beautiful--that is all a mother can see.
Life does not have to be perfect to be beautiful. Nevertheless, both babies had fine doctors doing everything in their power to make things right---or better. So they could live.

My friend, RUTHIEBEAR posted a blog of their Christmas tree this year. Her husband Is recovering after surgery and putting up their traditional 7-8 foot was not possible this year. Instead. She had an ingenious idea of decorating a tree—that you might say was less than ‘perfect.’ She called it our “Charlie Brown’ tree. It was decorated with love—and brought warmth to all who saw it. After, isn't beauty in the eye of the beholder....

Take a peek--if you like and Merry Christmas! emoticon Thank you for reading today!

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