Of Birth and Hazelnuts

A baby hazelnut tree, sprouted in California from a nut gathered in Prepezzano, Italia.

Another kind of creativity has come to fruition for me this summer.

Four weeks ago, on July 15th, 2012, my daughter arrived into our living room. I’m pleased to say that all went well in a natural home birth. In an unexpected twist, I gave birth standing up. And she is healthy and lovely and has a full head of hair that I can’t resist adorning already with glittering barrettes (this is my second child, but my first girl).

On the day that she was born, hazelnuts from Prepezzano, my ancestral village in southern Italy, sprouted in California for the first time. I’d gathered the nuts when we visited two years ago, and my wife had finally put them in soil here on our deck.

Growth. Roots. Beauty. The most ordinary miracles.

Welcome, hazelnut trees. Welcome, Luciana.

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10 Responses to Of Birth and Hazelnuts

  1. shanna says:

    How beautiful. You know how to make a warm welcome my dear. The best.

  2. Jan Neufeld says:

    Oh Carolina, what a lovely update.
    Congrats on the birth of that girl. What a fortunate child to have you two as parents!
    Look forward to seeing the documentary and hear more about all you do!
    Love,
    Jan

  3. Jimena says:

    Congrats! Great news :)

  4. Pavlina Gatikova says:

    Congratulations on the birth of your first daughter! What a lovely name, Luciana!

    Pavlina

  5. maria kitagawa says:

    Congratulations on the arrival of LUCIANA. I am one of the Habladoras that will have the pleasure to meet you this comingThursday at Irene*s home.
    Thank you.
    mari.

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