A Child is Born

Walking in the Woods

Walking in the Woods © 2014 Bo Mackison

Grace and I walk early on the morning of your birth day.

A few siskins chitter, hidden high in the pine trees, but raindrops patter their song with greater insistence.

The skies, gray for days, remain the color of slate. The winds are silent, though.

Our walk in the neighborhood woods is quiet, peaceful; I hold great hope as I await your birth.

Anticipation. Wonder. The most common is the most exquisite, the ultimate in miracles.

We know you are on your way, making ready your entrance into this unknown world.
And though we have yet to meet, the love that connects is deep and wide.

The day passes, a few messages.
Slow progress, discussions continue throughout the day –
keep going, change procedures, or move to the OR for a C-section.


Whitaker Reid © 2014 Grandma Bo


Finally, good progress in early evening
and on December 23, 2014 at 6:25 pm
this wee one, Whitaker Reid, arrives,
almost a month early.

Weighing in at 5 pounds, 4 ounces,
hello, grandson.
Welcome to the world.

About Bo Mackison

I'm a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place - a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I'd love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It's my gift to you.


  1. A big welcome to Whitaker Reid! He’s beautiful. Congratulations, Grandma! 🙂

  2. Merry Christmas Whitacker. Love Grandpa

  3. Congratulations, Grandma! 🙂

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