“Oh, for the wonder that bubbles into my soul” D.H. Lawerence
Recently, I was visited by my granddaughters. Ellie is only two but teaches me so many life lessons. She is dressed like a ballerina; she thinks she is a ballerina; and the big blue bow in her hair restates, “ I am a ballerina.” She is not old enough to attend a class, but her big sister takes lessons. Ellie has only been allowed to observe. Yet, she is a ballerina in her heart and mind. The art of ballet has bubbled into her soul and made her one.
In wonderment, children are our best teachers. It is their natural state. We seem to lose track of wonderment as we age. We become a bit calloused, jaded you might say. Oh, yes, another wedding, another sunrise, another dinner party, another birthday present. Our attitude is detached and uninvolved.
Something happens to our sense of surprise. We take life for granted and expect this dinner to be just like the last. We all remember those faces of toddlers as they experienced peas for the first time. Out those new veggies came creating a green, slimy chin and a sidesplitting facial snarl. Baby was surprised and we laughed. That is how our daily lives should be lived. We can recapture the sense of amazement at any moment. All it takes is to open our taste buds of living and make our world come alive.
For one minute, stop, listen, and recollect. What do you hear where you are sitting? A groaning ice maker, the soft hum of an appliance, or a clash of trash as the garbage truck picks up on your street. Listen. Anything new you hear?
Try really noticing what is around you. Ellie always points to the smallest spot on the floor and says, “ What’s that MiMi?” I have to really look to see what she sees. Often it is a piece of fuzz, a broken lead from a pencil, or even a dried leaf. The point is: she notices it. She is looking for a surprise element on an ordinary wooden floor.
As I write this, I see a recent wedding photo from Adam and Annie’s destination wedding. I see a fifteen year old wedding photo of John and Christine. Life is changing right on my bulletin board. I look at these familiar photos and discover Christine carried roses and daisies. Annie carried lilies and roses in her wedding bouquet. One arrangement is pastel and the other vibrant oranges and yellows. Even how they held their wedding flowers revealed a bit of their individual personalities. It is amazing what I can see in those photos. I am like a magnifying glass searching for clues ,and I find answers to new questions.
We can touch wonder in every moment of our day if we just slow down and see, hear, touch, feel. We are all ballerinas if we just take time to think like one, see like one, and become aware of our surroundings. Ellie helped me capture wonderment, and I am once again thankful for the familiar, the ordinary, the normal. Thanks to her I see new light and understanding. Wonderment creates gratitude. Thank you, Ellie.