Monthly Archives: September 2011

A Little Perspective, per Franklin

Do you know how to fly yet? -Bat

A little. But not with my feet off the ground. -Franklin

(just as always, an outlook on life is best through the eyes of a child)

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confession.

Last week I got the chance to snuggle up on a friend’s newborn baby for a while one afternoon.  You can bet for sure that this involved me sneaking in some deep breaths of that yummy baby smell.  And to confess, I still love to get up close, cheek to cheek with my big baby when we are rocking, and breathe in that precious Audrey smell.  It’s my Mama confession.  And maybe it never goes away…

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how her little mind works.

So lately I find myself saying ‘I wish I knew what she was thinking’ more often than not.  I can’t help but wonder why book is the first word she says when I come into her room in the morning or why she answers apples to every question about what to eat, why she laughs in the backseat or says no puppy at random.  I love watching her play these days.  The purpose, intent and connections being made behind what she does-trying things out, imitating, experimenting, using so many words.  Thinking about that growing mind of hers, watching her use it to figure out everything that’s new to her everyday; once again, I am amazed by that little mind.

Yesterday, a friend of ours gave her a snack bag of pretzels that she saved for the car ride. And in the backseat she was saying ‘owl, owl, hoo’ over and over.  What we realized- to her those pretzel twists were little owls, hooing before she ate each one.  Mmmm, life with her (little mind) is oh so good!

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Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.  -Oscar Wilde

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one and a half!

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Patience and Wonder.

Two lessons from a toddler.

Everyday I am reminded of the virtue of having patience and the art of practicing it.  Steps are sometimes slow to climb, planning sometimes hard, naps sometimes short…

And wonder, like taking the time to stop and watch a whole flock of 100 birds flying over our house.  (see number 1 again)

Toddlers are a reminder to slow down on purpose and appreciate every moment we are given with awe and thankfulness.

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