*Why “No Small Thing”?*

Eleven years ago, I was pregnant with my first child.  It was a time of great excitement and expectation, and I had so much to do!  One of those all-important tasks was the baby’s birth announcement.  I set out to create just the perfect announcement, choosing just the right paper, just the right ribbon, just the right font.  And of course, I wanted just the right quote to be printed on the announcement.  During this oh-so extensive search, I came across the following quote (which, by the way, I did not use for the announcement) by Charles Dickens:

“It is no small thing when they, who are so fresh from God, love us.” 

I thought it was a nice quote worth remembering but it wasn’t right for what I was doing, so I wrote it down and filed it away.  Several years and babies later, I was going through old files and ran across a piece of crinkled, lined notebook paper on which the quote was scribbled.  It was with new eyes that I read the words.  I had real clarity in that moment.  I understood the magnitude of loving, and being loved by, my four little creatures.  I felt my heart leap as I read the words that had seemed so ordinary just a few years earlier. 

I never could have understood how challenging, exhilarating, heartbreaking, overwhelming, precious, breathtaking this life is.  Never.  And I would not choose another life, ever.  Because this life is no small thing.    


5 thoughts on “*Why “No Small Thing”?*

  1. The quote is slightly different, it’s “I love these little people; and it is not a slight thing when they, who are so fresh from God, love us.”

    Looks like it is from Dickens’s novel The Old Curiosity Shop (1841), and he has the narrator say it after talking to a little kid.

    Here is the page from Google Books if you want to read it in context:


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