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Parables of Parenthood – chapter 4

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In anticipation of the book’s release in 2014, I am going to offer a series of excerpts on this blog. I hope these selections wet your whistle; may you be like my son, Sam, who knows the word, “more”! 

After we found out that Ginny was pregnant, she downloaded

an application on her phone that gave us weekly

updates about the size of the baby by comparing our child

to food items. Yes, I realize this is rather silly; but every

Friday, I would wake up eager to mark the growth in terms

of the size of a new vegetable or fruit. Our baby grew from

a poppy seed to a blueberry, and then from a sweet pea to

olive. He was the size of an avocado, a cauliflower, a butternut

squash and, finally, a watermelon. I will never walk

down a produce aisle or stroll through a farmer’s market the

same way again!


My keen interest and impatience aside, it was clear

that my wife did not need weekly reminders about the fact

that our baby was growing. Only a month or so into the

first trimester (when he was about the size of a raspberry)

our little fellow started having a dramatic effect on her

entire body. Forget “morning” sickness–Ginny suffered all

day long. Her nausea began when she woke up and tried to

choke down saltine crackers, and stayed with her throughout

the day until she went to bed. On several occasions, I

watched helplessly as she was reduced to tears, lying curled

up in a fetal position on the couch. I did discover that it was

neither useful nor supportive to point out this irony.


Copyright Andrew Taylor-Troutman, 2014; Wipf & Stock Publishers

About Andrew Taylor-Troutman

I am a pastor and a preacher, a writer, a husband and a father. My professional and personal lives are deeply involved with story-telling: stories that are silly and poignant or profound and commonplace. Stories that are tear-jerkers and belly-shakers. Stories about my son, Sam, and the congregation I serve, New Dublin Presbyterian Church. Each in its own way, these personal narratives shed light on the great story that God is writing with humankind and all of creation.


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