Young Master Bennet Andrew

You came, skidding, into this world at 2 pounds, 10 ounces,
Screaming, at 9:17 this morning.
A wing, a prayer and
With every fibre of our beings holding on to you.
A surprising little boy, when we thought you were a girl.
Red, scrawny, impossibly tiny and we still cheered.
Filled with tubes and air, eyes not wide open, but you are here.
A Salava baby is never late, although.

Through this long night I have thought of you.
Closed my eyes and wished and willed.
Lit candles and called out light.
Called down not fairy godmothers but strong angels.
Do not be sweet, little boy.
Be hard and strong and fiesty. 

Your great-great-grandfather, a bear of a man worked with his hands every day of his life,
And still found time to draw.
Your grandfather restarted his life at 46 with 2 small boys that called him home.
To be sure, the heaven’s opened up and they all watched.
And sent their gifts.

Your siblings and your cousins, 8 unnamed and a little boy named Gabriel.
An entire communion of saints took breaths for you, and they did not say be sweet.
This is not the place for sweet. Learn to breathe. We will work on calculus and cooking later.
Start with this single hard thing.

Small, tiny, and hands strong enough to grip a heart across the miles.
A man it is a fine thing to be, so be one.
Find dimples, roly-poly like you should.
Do not forget your backbone of earth’s iron.
Be strong and brave and so very, very fierce.

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26 Responses to Young Master Bennet Andrew

  1. WhiteStone says:

    Amen! I join you in your prayer for this new little man.

  2. linds says:

    I love this – it gave me chills.
    Praying for the new baby.

  3. Kristin says:

    This brought tears to my eyes. Praying for Bennet Andrew.

  4. Heidi says:

    Welcome to the world Bennet!! My thoughts are rushing through the air towards you, breathe deep young man.

  5. HereWeGoAJen says:


    And we are still praying with all of ourselves.

  6. Rebecca says:

    Thinking of you Cheryl and Bennet. My prayers are with you.

  7. a says:

    Go, young Bennett. Be fierce and feisty. You’ve got lots of people praying for you…

  8. Maureen says:

    With lot of prayers for Bennett, and his whole family.

  9. Betty M says:

    Thinking of you all especially Bennet.

  10. Sheila says:

    I am sending strong thoughts to this little baby. I’m thinking of you all

  11. Angie says:

    Sending much love to all. Wonderful news.

  12. debby says:

    We’re praying for this boy, Lord.

  13. Seraphim says:

    Prayers being offered here for Bennet

  14. Mr Spit says:

    Greatly put darling. Yeah, very happy, with tears in my eyes, after reading this.

    So glad that mum and Bennet made it through today ok, relieved actually. After the fear that gripped my heart when we heard the news of early baby, complications and the like last night. Impossibly relieved that Gabriel won’t have his cousin showing up beside him soon.

  15. Brown Owl says:

    Keeping Master Bennet Andrew and his Mummy and Daddy, Aunts, Uncles, Grans and Gramps in my prayers.

  16. Elaine says:

    Bennet Andrew, you inherited grit! Summon it to the surface! You are loved!

  17. Jacquie says:

    Fight little Bennet! Show the world who loves you what you are made of!

  18. Sarah says:

    So so beautiful.
    Praying for the young master too.

  19. Kelly says:

    I haven’t been able to get your baby (HE, not she, as I now find out) out of my mind (and prayers) since I saw Debby’s blog last night.

    I will continue to pray for Bennet and his mom (and all your family). Tell him to be a fighter!

  20. Catherine W says:

    Wishing strength to you and your family little Bennet Andrew.

  21. Needles says:

    My prayers are being sent for him. Many prayers. Breathe swet baby, just breathe.

  22. loribeth says:

    *sniffle* So glad they are both doing well.

  23. Neeroc says:

    Welcome young Bennet Andrew, talk about an entrance! Thoughts and hope of strength to you.

  24. Barb says:

    Congratulations! Sending him strength.

  25. Welcome little one, I read of your arrival and prayers and best wishes sent always.

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