WONDER… In December I turn forty. As I’ve been sailing along during this year leading up to the big birthday, I have noticed myself turning to and savoring more often playful delights and wonders. It occurred to me just lately while watching a tiny katydid hop along the leaves of a Japanese maple in our garden, that I feel a very strong connection to a sense of child-like wonder about life, living and the things around me. I was very excited to see that katydid. Seeing it hop around made me want to hop around too. And I did, for a moment!
This wondrous little katydid set me to thinking about all the thrilling things that can be seen or happen during a day’s time. Here’s a sampling of wonders highly recommended for grown ups, and children alike, to observe and partake in…
*Morning sun making rainbows on the wall through a sun catcher in a window
*Bubbles on the surface of a cup of hot tea freshly poured
*How great are teeth for chomping into an apple?! Amazing things, teeth. And said apple, what a little wonder–from tiny seed, to tree, to fruit to eat!
*Clouds–they seem like whispers, but they speak so much, all the time, and very fast!
*Glue, paper, scissors–no end of fun playing with these (be careful still with those scissors, please–no running with the scissors!)
*Walking or running barefoot in the grass is a balm for the inner-child
*Colors–there are so many colors everywhere…ranges of different hues and shades
*Sing a song spontaneously–and dance along with the song too!
*Read under a blanket with a flashlight–for old time’s sake
*Never underestimating the good temporary cure-all that is chocolate
Maybe this growing older lark won’t be so bad… as long as I keep my child-at-heart alive and well and noticing the abundance of wonders in life.
What wonders have you noticed or experienced today?
Tracy is an an artist exploring the path where creativity & spirit meet. She is currently engaged in art/painting, fiber arts, writing and photography. Her blog, A Life of Joy, is a place for creative living & everyday celebrations.