Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

October 27

Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

October 27

Article excerpt

You know what I remember first about my daughter being born?

Weirdly, not the miracle of it, or the bruised tender extraordinary

Courage of my wife, or the eerie alien glare of the birthing room,

Or the cheerful doctor chatting amiably as she hauled out our girl,

But my daughter staring at me, from the first instant she emerged.

She saw me and just stared and I was staring too, and we did that

For quite a long time, as I remember. The nurse hustled her off to

Be washed and I hustled over to keep our stares locked. I thought

Somehow that if our stares broke a crucial thing would be broken

And I couldn't stand that thought. I kept thinking we'd never met,

Formally, but we just could not stop staring. God knows what she

Thought. …

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