As we study William Shakespeare’s classic “Romeo and Juliet,” I often ask my English I students if they believe in love at first sight. The responses are mixed.
Some point out it takes a while for people to get to know each other before they can fall head over heels. That may be true for older humans, but as of Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, I know love at first sight is not only possible, it has happened to me.
When I caught sight of Rosaline Evelia and Dylan Jordan, my brand-new twin grandbabies, I wasn’t sure whether to laugh or cry or both. I am not often speechless, but I couldn’t think of the words at that moment to express what I was feeling.
Certainly, there was an instant sensation of love. I also felt amazed, bewildered, overwhelmed by their delicateness and filled with a sense of gratitude for the blessings they represented.
And, I won’t lie, I was a little apprehensive.
These infants represent a tremendous responsibility, not only for parents Jordan and Cyndi, but their grandparents as well. Gazing at their innocent faces, I couldn’t help but wonder what their futures will hold. It’s a big, bad world out there, and so many obstacles will try to get in the way of their happiness. Those are scary thoughts.
But, bringing babies into existence has always been, and will continue to be, the ultimate act of optimism.
Holding them for the first time sends negative thoughts packing because infants represent the best the future has to offer, a chance for humanity to get it right.
They are the most precious of resources, and, after all, babies have been born throughout history during the toughest of times under the meanest of circumstances to all kinds of parents all around the world.
There is no reason to believe these newest additions to the human race will not have just as many opportunities as obstacles in their lives.
So, when I hold them (and at 5 pounds each I can put both of them on my lap at the same time), I will not think about the dark side of humanity, but rather I will consider the bright lights they represent.
Bob Woelk teaches English and journalism at Hillsboro High School.