Paul Greenberg

I'd done the best I could. It wasn't like I'd known who they was. They looked like everybody else except maybe that business with the light all about 'em.

What's that, you say? Do I have different standards for different folks?

Of course not. We know the law. No discrimination. First come, first served, and all that. Still, looking back at it, there was something special about that night, not that I noticed it at the time. A bright star. And a kind of, well, hopeful feeling.

But that's the way you feel whenever a baby's about to be born, isn't it, that the whole world's gettin' to starting all over again, and how this time, by God, we just might get it right, ya know?

Maybe that's why I had such a good feeling when I saw the baby. Cutest thing you ever saw. But they all are at first, don't ya know, before the world gets to 'em. And to all of us, I guess. I didn't figure the kid would turn out any different, but you never know, there was a special kind of glow about Him. Good health, I suppose. They say his folks came from good stock.

You never know who you're gonna meet on the road. No tellin' what a boy like that could become.

But it wasn't just the baby, it was something in the air that brought everything out. That sky. That star. The moon. And a kind of, I don't know, music. Like the angels were singin' or something. Probably just the night wind. It'll play tricks on you this time of year. Unseasonable, the weather was. Like it is right before a change. Before a storm comes through and changes everything. Makes you kind of uneasy, like something's about to happen any minute. Like the whole world's waitin' for something.

Maybe I'm imaginin' it, 'cause I didn't notice anything special at the time. That's how things go in this business, ya know, you get so busy, what with the fresh linens and touchy customers and tryin' to find good help, that before you know it, it's all over, and it's only when you're lookin' back at 'em that you see how things really were at the time.

When something's actually happening, you can miss out if you're not looking real close. There's no Signs and Wonders and all that unless you're lookin' for 'em. Hey, who knows, maybe something's happening right now we should be paying attention to, huh? Whaddya think?

Paul Greenberg

Pulitzer Prize-winning Paul Greenberg, one of the most respected and honored commentators in America, is the editorial page editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.