First Real Treasures
By Lula Greene Richards
“And God blessed them, and God said unto them ‘Be fruitful and multiply.'” — Gen. 1-28.
As I entered a home of my kins-people near
I saw my first grandchild, a tall, stalwart son,
And he held in his strong arms a small infant child
As countless young fathers before him have done.
His face, and the mother’s, like angels were bright
As they watched their first treasure with love’s pure delight.
“What think you now, boy, of this treasure?” I asked.
His lips not with pride but with gratitude curled,
As he answered me, “Grandma, I think this, our child,
Is the finest and dearest in all this great world.”
O, if the cold proud world could know the real joy
Of true parenthood’s first treasure — though girl or boy!
My own first great-grandchild! Again I am thrilled
With gladness akin to that felt in years flown,
when I clasped to my bosom my first baby girl,
And greeted her father with This is our own!
They choose the name we chose, and, adding thereto,
Call this, their first real treasure, sweet “Mary Lu.”