Meet the Reason

… I won’t be traveling for a couple months. (Well, not the only reason, but the biggest, which is actually the smallest and the sweetest reason…)

Baby Naomi, my brand spankin new little niece, born on Tuesday, April 6th. I’ve got other nieces and nephews, step- and half-, but none whose birth I’ve been around for. None I’ve gotten to hold when they’re pink and trembling and less than 24 hours old, blinking in the strangeness of light and the world—everything blank, yet-to-come, a suggestion of stars and planetary alignment, the etchings in a palm that’s too small to read yet, to gently uncurl or do anything but hold.

The world can wait. An impulsive trip to the renaming ceremony of John Fante Square in LA can be ditched. My inbox can fill like rising water and my page view stats can sink. There comes a time to sit still, when even the itchiest feet need to stay rooted.

This is definitely something I wanna be around for.

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8 Responses to “Meet the Reason”


  1. 1 SpunkyGirl April 10, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    Congrats!! She’s adorable 🙂 I remember flying to Toronto 2 weeks after my niece was born. I couldn’t stop holding her. Actually, my RTW trip is suppose to start in August, but I just found out that my brother’s wife is pregnant again, and due in September. I think I’ll wait until Oct to travel 🙂

  2. 2 Karen April 10, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    What a doll! Congratulations, you must be a proud Aunt.

  3. 3 Dianne April 10, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    AWWWW, look at those widdle feet, makes me wonder where they will take the child in life.

  4. 4 pam April 10, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    you made me cry

  5. 5 Nick April 11, 2010 at 6:54 am

    Congratulations, Lauren!

  6. 6 Adam April 11, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Awww!

    My very first niece was just born, too–on April 1. My first stop before leaving for my RTW is to see her and I’m so so excited!

    Babies are adorable. No question.

  7. 7 Ekua April 11, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    This is definitely a good reason to slow down for a bit. I’d really like to be an aunt, but my sister doesn’t seem interested in making that dream a reality for me any time soon 😉 Congratulations and enjoy spending time with your niece!

  8. 8 Candice April 12, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Awwww, congrats! This made me a little emotional. Tiny fingers! I’m squealing.


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Lauren Quinn is a writer and traveler currently living in Hanoi. Lonely Girl Travels was a blog of her sola travels and expat living from 2009 to 2012. She resides elsewhere on the internet now.

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