"Walking with a Friend in the Dark"
In winter, it was night for most of the day,
but that was all right with Auduna.
She never lacked for people
to help her with two new babies,
her own Dagny as well as
Gefeilan whom she'd adopted.
Now Dagny was a sweet babe,
quiet as a mouse except when
she was wet or hungry, and then
she would start squeaking.
If Auduna had her hands full,
then Dagny's farm-father Arnvid
would hurry to help instead.
Gefeilan was as loud
as his milk-sister was quiet,
but he would shush for Vendel.
Auduna honestly didn't know
what she would have done without
the two men helping with all the fatherwork
of raising two lively infants at the same time.
Besides them, she had many other friends
happy to pitch in when someone needed
feeding or changing or bathing.
Rowen loved children of any age,
Bergren and Lia and the others helped too,
and it wasn't a burden but a joy.
Even when the babies began teething
and cried all day and into the night,
there was always someone
to walk them around and
soothe the tears.
Walking with a friend in the dark was
not so bad, and the sky was lovely
with its glittering swath of stars.
Auduna bounced Gefeilan
gently on her shoulder while
Karin paced along with Dagny
already asleep in her arms.
Auduna looked at the boy's
dark tousled hair and thought
that she would not trade him for
all the silence in a summer glen.
* * *
"Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light."
-- Helen Keller
It takes a village to raise a child. Many people rely on relatives for childcare, and fathers especially should take care of the baby. Know how to help a new mother with her baby.
Babies have different personalities. Consider some of the salient traits and their versions. In this case, Gefeilan is loud and expressive while Dagny is quiet and reserved.