Through the Eyes of a Child

| 5/11/2010 11:49:26 AM

SueFor my first post I decided to submit one of my favorites so far. I like this post because it really is all about the everyday adventures we have and cherishing all the little moments that make up our memories and our lives. I hope you enjoying reading it as much as I enjoyed living and writing it.

My son is in his toddler years. Everything to him is a brand new adventure and something new to explore. As he gets his walkin’ legs beneath him and ventures out into the big new world of Outdoors I can’t help but enjoy his purely genuine amazement at every little thing. Cooped up in the house for most the winter, thoroughly exploring every nook and cranny there is to explore, it’s no wonder that when he gets outside he wants to stay outside.

He sees a car go by and his eyes go wide with amazement, he giggles when our dog runs circles around him, and he runs for his swing to sit in it and feel the wind against his face, kicking his little legs and loving his brand new playground.

I try to take a lesson from my little man, try to see life as he sees it, try to enjoy life just because it’s there. Not because there is some need to find meaning, not because the sun is shining, not because there aren’t 100 other things I should be taking care of, but just because it’s there. Through his eyes, I am free. I can enjoy the simplicity of an excited puppy giving kisses and the joy of running down a hill. When you can really think of life in it’s simplest terms and just enjoy it because it’s there and for no other reason, then you understand how my toddler sees the world. He wants to be outside, wants to watch the cars go by and the dog run circles around him, just because it’s new, because it’s something different than inside, because it’s amazing.

So even when I’m tired after work, and I want to sit down and just relax, I remind myself why I get my butt off the couch and let him explore the world, following diligently behind like a good little Mommy watching him as he bends over, picks up a leaf and hands it to me saying in a way only he can ... “WOW.”

I think it would be good for all of to take a lesson from him, and learn to enjoy life because we are alive and because when you think about it, it truly is amazing. Wow.

S.M.R. Saia
5/12/2010 8:37:16 AM

You are so right about how wonderful and restorative it is to be with kids. We can all take a lesson from them. It's something I remind myself every day.

Nebraska Dave
5/11/2010 4:07:53 PM

Sue, it’s so true that young kids see the world as an adventure. I am glad to hear that you can enjoy it with him as he learns about so many things. It’s been said that from birth to the age of five we learn more than all the rest of our lives. It’s all about exploration and experiencing things for the first time ever. Oh, that we could have the purity and innocence of heart that a young child has. So trusting, believing, excited about life, so full of energy, and curiosity about every thing. I have a five year old grandson that lives with me and I love to engage him in conversation. I ask questions about different things that require him to think about the answer. It’s a joy to me to see him process the answer in his mind before telling me about it. There is no right or wrong answer for the questions that I am asking. It’s just about marveling at how the young child mind works and solves problems. Every so often the answer will be a brilliant one that is so simple. Humor is another thing I like to watch develop in a young child. The double meanings of sayings and the unsaid meanings behind the art of communication are a marvel to watch as they become understood. I really do feel truly fortunate to be able to experience the whole process again in my grandson. Enjoy as much as you can because they grow up oh so fast. Welcome to Grit blogging. Great first blog post.

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