Realizing what is important in life comes along every once in a while for all of us.
For me, that happened again a week and a half ago when my third child was born.
When your first child is born, it is the miracle of all miracles. It’s an event that dwarfs all others and the newness to it all is something that takes over your identity for a while.
By the time you get to the third child, a lot of the newness and overwhelming nature of childbirth is gone, but not the awe.
Margaret Louise Reily was born at 7:30 a.m. on June 17.
After she was born, cleaned up and taken to our room, I just stared at her. I held her toes, kissed her fingers and generally just looked at her for a while.
She slept, my wife slept and I watched them both.
I thought about my other two — Parker (almost 5) and Sam (3).
As kids go, they are happy and healthy. They make me smile most of the time, and the times they don’t aren’t long lived.
Having been in the business of journalism for more than 20 years now, it occurs to me how some things really are not that important.
Particularly the game of politics.
Last week, I received two e-mails almost back to back. One was from Jamie Franks, chairman of the Mississippi Democratic Party, complaining about Sen. Alan Nunnelee, Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant and Gov. Haley Barbour.
None were living up to his ideals in the current Mississippi budget debate.
“More blah,” I thought.
Then came the next e-mail.
Brad White, of the Mississippi Republicans, responded by basically saying you lost last November Jamie Franks. So shut up.
What have we come to in this state.
The governor won’t compromise; the Legislature can’t find middle ground and the leaders of the two parties are name calling in e-mails to the media.
So, when I went home, I called Parker, gave her a hug and sat her on the couch. I scooped up the one-week-old and placed her in Parker’s lap. Sam was at his grandaddy’s riding the pug and swimming with cousins.
Then I just sat and looked at my two daughters and wondered what in the world could be more important than enjoying family.
Not much, I assure you.
Contact MBJ managing editor Ross Reily at firstname.lastname@example.org or (601) 364-1018.