Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Mom Thoughts: Everything in Color

Being around a baby (as a parent, aunt, etc.), you have the unique opportunity of viewing the world through the eyes of a little one again. You take the time to notice things you haven't taken the time to notice in years. You find yourself thinking about how to explain things like the wind, the sky, and why there are so many different types of noodles.

I know Eden is only 7 months old, but she already loves when we show her things and explain things to her. I can only imagine how many questions she will have when she's a toddler and more aware (How do flowers grow out of bulbs? Why do birds have feathers instead of fur? What is that sound daddy makes when he sleeps?)

It's fun to think that we will be learning (and in some cases re-learning) things right along with her. It's also an amazing opportunity to appreciate the "little things" that we no longer think twice about. Things like how absolutely beautiful nature is, and not just the obvious things like flowers or changing leaves in the fall.. but the "ordinary" things too.

Watching a child see things for the first time is magical.

I'm so grateful to have the opportunity to experience the "firsts" again, even as an observer. The excitement of Christmas morning or the first time she sees and understands snow and catches a snowflake.

I want to be the kind of parent who takes the time to teach my child about and admire the "little things". Easier said than done in our modern world, but I want to do my best to not be a "hurry up" type of mom.

Because even though I've seen all the ordinary things enough times that I've stopped noticing them, I now have the opportunity to see everything as new. And now that she's here, it's like I'm seeing everything in color for the first time.. and how wonderful that really is.

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