Childhood Wonderment

Thursday, 11 February 2010

"Moon!" exclaims Andrea from the backseat of our car.

"Yeees, moon," concurs Brandon.

It's in the middle of the afternoon. While I'm keeping my eyes on the road I know they DO see the moon, they've pointed it out to me in broad daylight many times before.

"Moon!" coos Andrea again.

That moment, it was the faint whisper of a moon that caught their attention in the car. This afternoon was a gangly-legged, bright green insect perched unmoving on a wall. The kids were fascinated -- dancing around it, saying hello and waving to it, pointing, looking, marveling.

With no tight schedules to keep, I'm really glad that I can afford the kids a little time and space to truly drink in their surroundings. No matter how mundane and ordinary it may appear to a jaded adult. I'm hoping that this is forming the foundation of appreciating the process of doing things, rather than just focusing on the end result and forgetting to enjoy the ride along the way.

Maybe we adults can learn to take a cue from children as to how to be happy. Get immersed in this very moment and appreciate what is right there for you to enjoy. Be silly as often as you can. Have a nap when you're tired and cranky so you can wake up refreshed and ready to play again.

When every little thing around us is a wonder in itself -- the feel of a tickly shag pile rug beneath your feet, the sight of a lone, gutsy flower shrub poking its way up from a crack in the pavement, ice cream melting on your tongue -- how can one possibly surmise that the world is a dull place?

2 Comments

#1Gravatar imageEmily T says:

Love this post 🙂 Also love how apt it is to be reading it in the morning with my cuppa and toast; the message totally set the tone for the rest of my day.

#2Gravatar imageMichelle says:

Aw, sweet of you to think that. Let’s just all do our little bit to make the world a brighter place, yes? 😉 Have an AWESOME day ahead!

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