Saturday, our daughter gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. There were some possibilities of complications with the birth. So, I had been anxious for the past two weeks as the due date drew closer.
Everything went just fine with the delivery. What a great blessing. As I held the sweet baby in my arms, the love I felt for her and for my daughter and son-in-law was ineffable.
Ineffable [in-ef-uh-buhl] is an adjective that means incapable of being expressed or described in words. Inexpressible. Beyond words.
Ineffable could be used to describe joyously happy and good events such as a daughter or daughter-in-law having a baby. Babies are so precious.
Then there are those ineffable experiences that are just the opposite of what I have felt with the birth of a granddaughter. Like what I recently learned about. A little four-year old boy had been playing in the water in his yard. He was cold. He laid down on the hot cement in the driveway to warm up. Behind a car. His aunt (his mother’s sister) not knowing he was there, got in her car and accidentally drove over the boy, killing him. The mother’s sadness at losing a son would be extraordinarily overwhelming. But, imagine the ineffable soul-searing, debilitating anguish her sister would feel at being the person who was the cause of the death of her sister’s child.
As you learn and use this word, I hope it is used more to describe wonderful experiences and not sad ones.