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I was trying to decide on my angle for this post when my husband pointed out that I live with an excellent example of the quote in action: him.
My husband, the eternal student. The endlessly curious, fascinated and fascinating; big kid (and he knows I say that with love, most of the time…).
It’s a skill, retaining that sense of wonder. That ability to see the interesting and exciting in the simplest of things. One that allows you a wonderful freedom, and an enthusiasm for life that is infectious and enviable.
It’s a skill, because let’s face it, life has a tendency to knock it out of you. To dull your senses into only noticing the obvious, the required, the necessary. To encourage you to stick the mundane and the easy.
My husband, who bought a Rubik’s Cube last week and has spent the last few days working out how to solve it.
My husband, who watches How it’s Made and Mega Structures and Mythbusters and sits working through the problems himself as they go along; analysing, solving, impatiently waiting for the answers.
My husband, who gets more excited than the kids when they fly rockets, build igloos, race little wooden cars.
My husband, who loves it when the drain is in the centre of a bath because you can make really good tornadoes…
My husband, who bought the kids (read: himself!) a slack line.
My husband, who cites the unicycle I gave him as his best Christmas present, ever!
My husband, who still wants to know the why/how/when/who of everything.
My children ask why, so does my husband.
My children ask for proof, so does my husband.
My children don’t accept just because, neither does my husband.
If I’m completely honest, this incessant questioning of everything drives me nuts at times; much as a child’s constant refrain of ‘why?’ becomes irritating after a while.
But, really, I am jealous of this ability to look at the world with fresh eyes everyday. How amazing to still find all that you see fascinating. How wonderful to find your day to day tasks exciting and view them as an opportunity to experiment, to understand the why?
To still be able to see the world as a child does; as something full of wonder and surprises and newness. Where every experience is to be savoured and enjoyed; where every task is a lesson; where every encounter opens up a door to a world of endless possibilities.
I watch my children navigate their days; constantly questioning, reasoning, learning. The pure joy that they get from each new experience; each new piece of knowledge; each new toy, book and game.
I watch my husband share their joy, so easily, without effort. He sees the same things, the same way.
We can all learn something from our children. I can learn something from my husband too.
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