Thursday, June 6, 2013

Baby Lesson #308: Enjoy the Little Things

Babies might not have the motor skills to pass a field sobriety test. And children might not understand basic laws of physics. But it doesn't mean they don't have their own lessons to teach adults of the world.

There's just so much you can learn from watching babies, children, and even teenagers. A few weeks ago, my husband was outside chatting with one of our neighbors (another young father). They were talking about how excited kids get at absolutely everything. Lauren commented that everything they have - whether it's a paper clip or an empty box - is the greatest thing in the world to them. The fellow father responded by saying he couldn't even remember the last time he was that excited about something.

♥ Happy just because. ♥
Babies have it right. The world is an exciting and joyful place. It's easy for adults to get carried away in the day-to-day responsibilities and forget to appreciate the small wonders in the world. But I love watching how thrilled Brayden is each and every day. He gets excited about the funniest things - the produce sticker on a pear, pulling my credit card out of my wallet, seeing the dogs race down the stairs when I call them. And I love how I can give him a completely random item and it (usually) will keep his interest for a period of time (this is typically attempted while cooking dinner and he wants to be held. Winning items have included a pastry blender, slotted spoon, and the typical measuring cup + bowl combination).

For babies, there's this overwhelming sense of wonder and excitement. Everything is new and everything is amazing. For children, there's curiosity and joyfulness - always something to be happy and run around about. And when they get older, there's this hilarious self-importance that defines the teenage years. When I taught high school, most people asked me how I could put up with all the drama of 9th and 10th graders. Honestly, though, I absolutely loved it. Every single thing in their world was the. most. important. thing. ever. A new haircut. Choosing an outfit for a weekend party. Getting to stay out until midnight instead of 11:30. Their current boyfriend, girlfriend or BFF. Everything is life or death to teenagers. Everything is passionate, dramatic and full of importance.

And even though it can get over the top sometimes (there's really no need to cry if you get an answer wrong, darling), in so many ways, it's better than the ambivalence that is abound in the adult world. Too many people don't let themselves get excited or feel the intense emotions about things that they used to. And it's a shame. Living with the excitement, wonder and passion that kids do is something we should never outgrow.

It's funny how we spend so much time teaching children how to do practical things and most of us never recognize what they can teach us (or help us remember).

I'll leave you with a charming video of my son from yesterday's dinner. He is quite giggly about the fact that he's learning to feed himself oatmeal. ♥


  1. Oh my goodness is his adorable!

  2. Wow what a sweetie! That video is adorable. I have found myself being really schmoopy lately and enjoying every little thing. Terrible to admit, but sometimes I get lost in the grind and forget to smell the roses.

    I also just got an email saying that "Unbroken" is ready for me at the library - after Alison wakes up we're heading over to snatch it up!

    1. I think everyone gets caught up in the day-to-day things at times, but I love having my little guy around to remind me of all the small things. ♥

      So glad you're looking into the book. My husband just finished it. Hopefully you enjoy it!