I’ve been away for six weeks. When I left Pennsylvania there was snow on the ground and we arrived in the desert to sunshine and 93 degrees. Yesterday, I was surrounded by blue skies and was floating in a pool. I came from the dry air of the desert with warnings of wild fires, back to the Northeast and buckets of rain, buckets!. Everything feels damp, everything. For the past six weeks I’ve been experiencing the world from the eyes of a two-year-old in his toddler proof home. Today, I’m home, surrounded familiar antiques. The opposites are too many to list.
During these six weeks, I’ve been trained by a little human. He has taught me the wowness of the mundane. The excitement of what has been there and taken advantage of as “the norm”. He has shown me to see with new eyes again.
As I sit here this morning surrounded by my familiar, I realize that there can be no assumptions —everything is not the same, although nothing much has changed. Because I’ve been retrained by this little guy, I do see things differently and with a renewed sense of appreciation.
I was greeted by Smiley, my African statue and our collection of beautiful antique mirrors begging to give reflection, the best cow oil painting ever and the weather-vane in the window. Memories, comfort, old things . . . seen with new eyes, retrained to see by an inquisitive boy.
Look around you, what do you see? Look again, what is so familiar that you don’t see or appreciate it as it deserves? It may be a trinket, a wedding band, something from your childhood, or the person next to you . . .
Enjoying the Adventure,
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3 thoughts on “New Eyes”
Great post! If only more adults could take a minute to try to see the world through an innocent child’s eyes, to see the wonder and glory all around, before the jadedness of adulthood takes over! My 4 year old daughter reminds me of that every single day, as I try to see things her way.
Thank you Jenna. I intend to purposefully try & keep these new eyes. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy that little one!
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Wow, it’s really green where you are from. Great post. Please bring back some rain, we really need it here in Arizona.