A baby is God’s opinion that life should go on

hands of mother and baby

A baby is very modern. Yet it is also the oldest of the ancients.

A baby is God’s opinion that life should go on. Never will a time come when the most marvelous recent invention is as marvelous as a newborn baby. The finest of our precision watches, the most super-colossal of our supercargo planes don’t compare with a newborn baby in the number and ingenuity of coils and springs, in the flow and change of chemical solutions, in timing devices and interrelated parts that are irreplaceable. A baby is very modern. Yet it is also the oldest of the ancients. A baby doesn’t know he is a hoary and venerable antique — but he is. Before man learned how to make an alphabet, how to make a wheel, how to make a fire, he knew how to make a baby– with the great help of woman, and his God and Maker.

Carl Sandburg (1878-1967)
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Baby Memories

I first saw the quote “A baby is God’s will that life should go on,” about 22 years ago, but didn’t learn where it came from until doing research for QuoteSnack. When I first saw it, I was in the middle of my first pregnancy, trying to hold together my own business plus working two part-time side jobs. My investors had backed off when I started looking pregnant, I was living with a heavy feeling of dread for what would happen to my dreams when I needed to drop the side jobs. In my non-existent “free” time I collected baby gear, and that was when I first saw this quote, embroidered on a pillow.

They’re only words, but my heart melted when I read them. After that, I was still worried, but not with the same desperation. I loved looking at that pillow and reminding myself to trust that the big stuff would work out somehow.

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