Monday, June 09, 2008
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
For her first birthday, Norah had a Grand Rapids family birthday party. Norah has not yet developed a desire for presents and center stage. A few minutes into the gifts she attempted the surprise bail out maneuver.
Norah is an enthusiastic cake eater. Who needs a fork when you have tiny hands?
Norah may be an example of remote prenatal influence. Years before she was born, Chiara and James lived in China. The Chinese language uses the same word to represent many different things and they use 4 different inflections to identify the appropriate meaning. Norah takes the art of inflection to an unusual extreme, using the word “Bah” with delicate nuance to express her comments, questions, and deep reflections on life.
Soon the lure of Iowa called us west and we traveled out to see Chiara, James, and Norah Claire. Norah has progressed from sitting up to cruising, having skipped the lowly art of crawling all together. She gets on her feet with a little help, then makes her way around the house, holding on to whatever will take her on her chosen path. This makes for an interesting change in the nature of her surroundings. For Norah, open spaces are a barrier and furniture is her road.
We returned to Grand Rapids for the wedding of Samuel Vanderwoude and Tammy Darby. They had a beautiful day for their ceremony by a gentle river. Unfortunately, our pictures of the ceremony were a disappointment. The marriage of these two wonderful people will have to be represented by this photograph of the Happy Flower Boy who threw blossoms as he marched like Sherman through the crowd and on to the playground.