Infant C and Infant B: A Writer Wednesday Post

October 1st, 2014 | Posted by Irene in Essays


Mother NaturePhoto by Jean Marzollo, all text © Irene O’Garden, 2014

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It was wonderful to be part of the Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival again this year. I gussy up as Mother Nature on behalf of my book “Forest, What Would You Like?” but also offer my other children’s books.

Among my sales that day, two in particular gave me pause. The first was a beaming woman, who bought a copy of “Maybe My Baby” to add to a large basket of books she carried.

“Inscribe it to Charlotte, “she said, naming one of the world’s more notable grandchildren, born just the day before. The basket would soon be delivered to two residents of Chappaqua—one a former and one perhaps a future President.

Of course I was thrilled to have my book included—I felt like a marmalade-maker getting the Royal Warrant: “By appointment to her Majesty the Queen.”

But later a quieter, plainer woman came by. She picked up the same book.

“I work with infants,” she said. She read the book and nodded. “I’ll take it.”

“I’m so happy. To whom shall I inscribe it?”

“Infant B,” she answered. I did so, feeling a choke of emotion. She was gone before I could ask her anything else.

Infant C will want for nothing and I eagerly hope she and her family enjoy my book.

But for Infant B—at such risk a name has not been given—mine may be the only book. A greater, humbling and grief-streaked honor.




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  • Laura

    Oh what a rush of emotion I feel reading this! And seeing that beautiful, beatific picture of you. Infant C is already blessed and now Infant B with his or her uncertain future has 2 gifts too – one from someone who wishes to give to the baby and one from the author who cares so much..

    • IreneOGarden

      Thank you Laura–your words warm me–

  • ceblain

    This is such a heart-warming story. From parents of an adopted son and grandparents of two adopted granddaughters, stories about children just bring tears to our eyes. Thank you so much for everything that you do in this life to make the world a better place. You do it so well. <3.

    • IreneOGarden

      Much appreciated, Cynthia–what remarkable family you have created–loved to one and all of them–

  • ZarkWriting

    Beautiful, and I can hardly keep the tears from my eyes. Thank you for sharing this!

    • IreneOGarden

      Thanks so much, Jenna–love to you–

  • Scott

    Infants with and without names will be safe for the time it takes to turn the thick dream-filled pages of MAYBE MY BABY. As they read, in their separate lives, all is equal and all is possible.

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