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Friday, June 19, 2009

Wonderful

*sigh* It's so easy to fall behind in blogging. Sorry for the long gaps between posts. Now for your regularly (okay, more irregularly) scheduled post...

Wonderful. When was the last time you used that word properly? Which is to say, when did you last declare something to be "wonderful" and mean that it was "full of wonder"? When did you last use that word to describe yourself?

I have, as of late, been babysitting for an almost-five-year-old (she's 4 and 3/4 if you asked her). I've babysat for her since she was just a baby, and have been blessed to watch her learn to talk, crawl, walk, and grow into a truly "wonderful" little girl. But in babysitting as of late, I've gotten another experience- I've been able to share in the wonder she finds in the world.

When was the last time you went to a playground and swung on the swings with your eyes closed? When was the last time you went to a lake to feed ducks? When did you last not worry about getting dirty, and dig a hole in the dirt to plant a flower-weed? How long has it been since you watched a caterpillar crawl across a leaf? When did you last take the time to literally stop and smell the roses?

It's in the little things in life you have to find wonder. If you only wait for big important things to be wonderful, you'll be waiting for a long time. Wonder isn't something you have to reserve for rare moments. It can, and should be, an everyday experience. But that doesn't have to belittle it. Wonder is something that can be experienced everyday, even in the little things, and still never lose its power to take you by surprise. Just ask an almost-5-year-old.

1 comment:

Christy Z said...

You captured the reason I love to teach Kindergarten!