Saturday, March 7, 2009

First Things and Living With Eyes Wide Open

It is so hard to remember that for little ones, so much of what we do is something which they are doing for the first time. We went to the zoo yesterday with our friends Michele, Hadley, and Noah. It was just such a wonderful day, filled with perfect weather, very active, alert animals, and really well-behaved, very helpful, non-complaining children. As I was pouring through the photos which I took, I realised that everything we did yesterday was a brand new experience for Andrew. And you can tell- you can see it in his face:
The wonder and awe and sheer joy is totally transparent and totally apparent in his little face. I was left pondering my own face, reflecting that this wonder and awe is something which very rarely crosses my brow. Yet, we are called to be like little children, and I can't help but think that part of that mysterious call is to live with eyes wide open, to not allow ourselves to become dull and jaded.

I think for me, that taking pictures serves this purpose somewhat. Looking for things to photograph has been encouraging me to look- to really look- at things around me. It has been spurring me to search for beauty in the buildings I pass everyday, the debris which collects in our yard, the same spaces I live in day in and day out. However, I would like so much for that exuberance to spill over into all of my life.

Today, I am going to try to look at the world through the eyes of a toddler, living each moment with the fullness of my being, immersed in the sheer joy of living and seeing. I am sure I won't be able to do it ALL day...the details of taking care of everyone intruding, but I am going to make an attempt, even while being asked simultaneously for five different breakfasts.


  1. shannon, it was awesome to see you tonight. thanks for popping into the pub. you look adorable! my email address is
    let's plan to play soon....especially if the weather is going to be so gorgeous like it was friday.
    ashlie in winterville
    (i never check that google email..simply set up so i can comment on blogs-ha-so use the hotmail one)
    i'll give you my phone # over email.

  2. Ashlie that's sounds great! I hope I didn't take up too much of your date time blabbering on as I am prone to do! LOL!

  3. I never thought of that.... :)
    And the more new things you do, the more you get to see his cute little happy face!