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Through a Child’s Eyes


Sometimes in all the hustle and bustle of life, we forget to take the time to see the world through the eyes of the children we care for. I think I am better at it than many, but even I get caught in the “gotta-do-it-nows” that keep us from experiencing all the delight that that the world has to offer.

This past week I’ve been watching the grand kiddles again after our month in Maui. I only have them for a few hours a day, so I’ve made a point of getting as much “errand-running” done before I pick them up as I can so I can have the time spent with them to “spend on them,” not just having them with me.

We have watched turkeys walk through the neighborhood, let lady bugs tickle our bare arms,

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collected wonderful sparkly (or as Bea still says “farkly”) rocks, picked the flowers off weeds to tuck behind our ears, fed the ducks at the pond,

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Watched the geese paddling around,

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brought “burrs” home and made pictures with them by sticking them  on the back of the couch,

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played Old Maid and Uno until our brains melted (and our tummies ached from laughing!) listened to the birds chirping and the wind rustling though the trees, watched the mockingbirds and scrub jay fight over the remaining pyrocantha berries,

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tried to make a heart out of petals that had fallen from a tree only to have the wind blow them away…it’s been fun, and rewarding, and has contributed enormously to my sense of well-being.

Experiencing the world through the eyes of children is not “creating” in the traditional sense of the word, but it’s creating happiness in my life. And that’s every bit as important as the kind of happiness you get from putting paint on a canvas!

About tatterednworn

I am a woman who has committed to living a creative life.

4 responses »

  1. Glad to see you enjoying your grand kids. I often have to remind myself to stop and enjoy my girls since they grow so fast and life goes so fast. Katherine, my kindergartener, takes things at a more leisurely pace, and I have to stop myself from rushing her when it’s not necessary. I need to learn from her. Thanks for your supportive comment on my blog the other day. It was nice to finally finish my marathon blog post.

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    • You are so welcome, Jen!

      It is very hard to remember to slow down and enjoy the little things, particularly when you’re a busy working mom with such a full plate. But as someone who has learned the hard lesson of how quickly they grow up, I am trying to do better with the grands. So glad you are recognizing that early!

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  2. So wonderful how you spend time with them and enjoy them so much. They are so lucky!

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    • I think I’m the lucky one, but I do know I add value to their lives, as well. I remember my grandma and grandpa so warmly, and I hardly ever got to see them, so I know they will remember me as a wonderful part of their childhoods. It’s a good feeling.

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