beautiful sadie alverson was born last week, a perfect 7.1 lbs and as you can see, already full of light and life. i tear up a little bit each time i look at this picture. as much as all of creation is founded on this reality, sometimes i still can't believe that we can really bring new life into this world. i'm, like, amazed that that bump i photographed a few weeks ago has transformed into a real living being which will someday translate into an adult living being and maybe she'll even have her own children. and the world goes on and on...
congratulations jaime and ryan! i'm so happy about this.
also i just found this quote and it seems entirely appropriate to welcome sadie here:
“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. … No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.”
from The Life and Work of Martha Graham