“Friendship is born at that moment when one man says to another: “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .”” – C.S. Lewis
“We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship.” – C.S. Lewis
“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art…. It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.” – C.S. Lewis
On Wednesday morning when we knew you would be arriving soon I felt a dream-like anticipation filling me. The next twenty hours took turns flying by and slowly grinding along. Your parents are both amazing; you’ll see that for yourself one day when you’re old enough to know what amazing means.
Then came your first cry. The first time I heard your mama say “It’s Clara Jeanne!” The first time I held you. You – a beautiful little bundle of sweetness. Do you know what sticks in my mind the most though? The way your mama smiled at you. A smile so full of love and care. You are truly blessed, little Clara, to have such wonderful and godly parents.
“There is a kind of happiness and wonder that makes you serious. It is too good to waste on jokes.” – C.S. Lewis
I look at you in wonder, knowing that one day you’ll grow up and experience your own joys, trials and heart-tugging moments of life. You’ll develop your own hopes, dreams, interests, quirks, personality and preferences.
Clara, I pray that when the time comes you’ll have a friend as wonderful, selfless, sweet, and kind as the friend I found in your mama. If you do, you’ll be rich beyond compare.
“In friendship…we think we have chosen our peers. In reality a few years’ difference in the dates of our births, a few more miles between certain houses, the choice of one university instead of another…the accident of a topic being raised or not raised at a first meeting–any of these chances might have kept us apart. But, for a Christian, there are, strictly speaking no chances. A secret master of ceremonies has been at work. Christ, who said to the disciples, “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you,” can truly say to every group of Christian friends, “Ye have not chosen one another but I have chosen you for one another.” The friendship is not a reward for our discriminating and good taste in finding one another out. It is the instrument by which God reveals to each of us the beauties of others.” – C.S. Lewis