Monday, January 28, 2008

Changing the World one Wave at a Time

Get ready for some cheese. I'm sorry, but it's gonna be a little sappy....

I love my little baby...for all the obvious reasons. She's cute, adorable, silly and she's MINE. (OK ours...whatever). Like most parents I'm obsessed with the innate adorableness of my little Bean. The second any music comes on (including the hymns we sing in church) she starts bopping around, dancing her little heart out. She has the cutest little gap toothed smile and what can I say? She loves her mama. I can't help it, she brings me joy. As I suspected she would. What I didn't expect was how much joy she would bring others. For Example, today was a typical scene on the subway. We get in, we sit down and Beanie starts surveying the landscape. She checks people out and in that innocent baby way stares them down until they're looking at her. She's got her poker face on, at first showing no signs of like or dislike...she just stares. Then, she raises her little hand and gives them a wave usually accompanied by that gap toothed smile. And that's when they start to melt...so they wave back. Then she waves again. And they wave again. This can go on for a while. I love seeing other people just smile and laugh in response to this little wave. I also love that Beanie is so innocent--she does not see age, gender, color, size, social status etc...she is an equal opportunity waver and smiler. Everywhere we go she's making friends. I have seen people visibly lifted by her little smile. Maybe it's not life altering, but sometimes all people need is a little boost...and I've seen her do it hundreds of times. It reminds me of this quote I read recently, coincidentally from a message given by President Hinckley (OK so it's just President Hinckley quoting someone else, but still):

E. T. Sullivan once wrote these interesting words: “When God wants a great work done in the world or a great wrong righted, he goes about it in a very unusual way. He doesn’t stir up his earthquakes or send forth his thunderbolts. Instead, he has a helpless baby born, perhaps in a simple home and of some obscure mother. And then God puts the idea into the mother’s heart, and she puts it into the baby’s mind. And then God waits. The greatest forces in the world are not the earthquakes and the thunderbolts. The greatest forces in the world are babies.”1


12 comments:

  1. Miggy, I too LOVE that quote. Kyle and I read that for the first time a couple of weeks ago. I'm not sure if it was the first time I've heard it actually, but maybe now that I have a baby of my own, it hits home. Having a baby is the best thing in the whole entire world. I'm so glad you love being a mom as much as I do. Such a cute story about the Bean. Makes me want to ride the subway with my little guy.

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  2. Let's not get too technical, but that baby is YOUR baby :)

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  3. Babies always lift my spirits on subways. Cute story.

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  4. I've never ridden a subway :) but babies do have a way of lifting people's spirits and beanie is so cute, she could put a smile on anyone's face. Love the quote too, so true.

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  5. CM and Crombie--you HAVE to come here with your babes...it's a whole different experience. When we were in Utah we're like "what's up? No one's paying any attention to Beanie...that's weird." Of course it's the land of a million babies so it's not so unusual, but here people just LOVE little babies. We hear "Oh God bless her" on a daily basis.

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  6. I recently read that quote too and loved it...where did I read it? Was it the Ensign?

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  7. that's a beautiful quote.

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  8. Beatrix--

    Yes The Ensign--December Presidency message I believe.

    Azucar--You're right...she is MY baby.

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  9. Oh, I just love that. I couldn't agree with you more. I love going places with my baby. They have the ability to bring out the good in people. This is something I've been thinking a lot about this lately, so thanks for putting it into words.

    P.S. I don't know if you remember me, but I was a college acquaintance of B's. We met a couple times. Anyhow, love your blog! And it's high time I let you know it!

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  10. this isn't cheesy at all. i love it and i feel exactly the same way about my bug. i had no idea that my heart could possibly hold so much love and joy! he hasn't started waving obviously but he did smile at the lady behind me in target today and it was fun to watch her melt. these little souls have such a magical way about them. we are so blessed to have them. and i think i'm going to steal your quote - hope that's ok.

    also - i was going to e-mail you about this but i can't find your e-mail address in my contacts - anyway, joanna, tiffany and I are coming to NYC the weekend of March 28 and we want to go to dinner with you and and kamilah on friday night - will you be around for that? babies and husbands of course are invited, or not, whatever you want.

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  11. Oh Babies. They are like loaves of fresh bread, no one can resist wanting to hold, smell, and squeeze them.

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  12. Anonymous12:36 AM

    Love this blog post about waving! I'm trying to start a movement called WaveAnyWay. It's stories like these that really get me motivated to keep on pushing through. Crazy how such a simple gesture can really make people so happy! I'd love for visit my site and let me know what you think, WaveAnyWay.com. Keep the posts coming!

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