Earlier in the week, Jordan (our youngest) had a birthday. Oh, it is amazing how much he loves birthday cake. Not eating it, he loves the candles, he loves the lights off, he loves the 'whoooo' when you blow the candles out, he love the song. He grinned and sang through the whole thing this year because he understood it was for him!
He also experienced a birthday party at his daycare. When I picked him and his brother up, he exclaimed, "I had another birthday! I'm a lucky boy." More excitement, more awe... And, interestingly, he wasn't that interested in the presents he got from his friends. Still playing with the dobots!
Aidan looked at me in awe on Sunday. "Mommy, you have an amulet just like Princess Sophia!" I thought the whole thing was adorable. "My green amulet lets me talk to the animals too!" "That's great Mommy. Do you have a pet rabbit like Princess Sophia?" I had to say no to that question. Every now and then I see him eyeing my necklace wondering if he will be able to talk to the animals if he gets an amulet.
Justin, my 10 year old still hasn't lost his sense of wonder either. He called me six times on Monday. "Mom, can we get a hamster?" "Huh?" "My friend has a hamster and its really cute. I will take care if it Mommy. You wouldn't have to worry about nothing!" We are still discussing the possibility of a hamster. The last live animal we had in the house was a beetle. It died after 5 weeks... I remember him asking for a dog about 1 minute after we had a little funeral for the beetle. The hamster is a much better idea!
Wonder, being awestruck, noticing, thinking, paying attention, finding awe. My children find it so easily. I have to work a little harder ... In the end, I am awed by Jordan, Aidan, and Justin, and how they look at the world with fresh eyes and see things a little better than I do.
What were you awed by today?