Monday, April 18, 2011

Natural Beauty

Linda and I looked through our pictures and videos of Violet, and once again we were stunned at how much she has changed. Even as recently as a month ago, she seems a different baby. The movements of her hands, the look in her eyes, her sounds. I watch those images of Violet and I wonder how anyone could doubt the veracity of the long miracle that is evolution? The pictures echo those I’ve seen of infant primates – the sweetness of grasping fingers and gangly frame, the desperate dependence of a new life. It makes me wonder if Darwin had never sailed to the Galapagos, would his thoughts on natural selection have occurred to him anyway, once he laid eyes on his first child?

149 days old

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