Thursday, December 3, 2009

An Inborn Sense of Wonder




Barbra Stephens over at the blog Honorable Mention featured a quotation from Rachel Carson the other day that really rings true and has been reverberating in my heart since I read it:


"If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in." —Rachel Carson



In the comments section of her blog, I wrote the reciprocal idea which is equally true:


"If an adult is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one child who can share it, rediscovering with her the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in."


I feel extremely fortunate to have had hundreds of children kindle my inborn sense of wonder. After all these years, my joy, excitement, and appreciation of the mystery of this wonderful world is fairly blazing away....

If you don't have a child (or two or three) in your life, I recommend that you find a place in your heart (and calendar) and fill it.

25 comments:

The Pollinatrix said...

I was just sitting here gazing at my two-year-old, Eliana.

She was a complete and total surprise, but as soon as I found out I was pregnant, I knew she was a girl, and shortly after, her name kind of just floated into my head. Later I found out that it's Hebrew and means "God has answered me."

I was thinking about all of this as I was watching her, about how she was always herself, even before I knew her. How I knew her before I knew her, and the sense of recognition when she was born was startling.

What a mystery we all are! And children do remind us of it in so many ways.

Thank you for reminding me to be reminded.

Delwyn said...

Hello Dan...

or else another adult with the child part within still free, easily moved to wonder and joyfilled...


Happy days

Jenny Stevning said...

I mentioned my daughter is 16 and she can still fall into the place of wonder. But I have the sweetest memories of going on bug hunts, looking at leaves and tiny flowers, making mud and poking at it with sticks (she didn't like getting her hands dirty.) Some days my heart aches for it. But it planted a seed in me, even though she is grown, to watch the world more closely and with a sense of awe even if I get the, "Ohhhhhh, Mommmmm."

Ribbon said...

oh yes they are good value :)

"we don't stop playing because we grow old
we grow old because we stop playing"
george bernard shaw

:) Ribbon

Dan Gurney said...

Hello, Pollinatrix, You're welcome. People who've got two year olds to tell them about the world are lucky people.

Dan Gurney said...

Delwyn, yes adults can be aware of wonder, and mystery, too. For sure. You have to do more looking around, but they're definitely there.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi Jenny. My kids are grown too, and like you I cherish some sweet memories of their young childhoods. I think grandchildren come to fill the role for their grandparents as our children begin to take life more seriously...

Dan Gurney said...

Ribbon, I agree with GBS, but perhaps it's being imaginative more so than playing that keeps us young and supple in spirit.

jinksy said...

I cherish my childish side - I can draw on misted windows with the best of 'em, sqeedge-play the last bits of pastry with a silly look on my face, or stand stock still admiring some tiny, natural wonder that catches my attention in the middle of a walk to the shops...Or maybe, I'm just an oddball! lol :)

Sarah Lulu said...

Oh yes I agree. I have also been truly blessed with three beautiful chldren and now a delightful grandchild. And many many years as a children's counsellor as I am now ...case managing foster care children.

I sometimes feel like the old woman who lived in the shoe.

Thank you God.

Being Me said...

I have 3 children, each one is his/her own 7-day wonder.. each one is a marvel, they keep us alive.
Good post...
BM

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Sarah Lulu. Reading your blog, it seems you're really getting in touch with your inner child and leaving that drab old adult you once were behind where she always was.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi Being Me. Thanks for stopping by. Glad you enjoyed it.

Dan Gurney said...

Jinksy, you're great! You're definitely in touch with your youthfulness.

The Pollinatrix said...

Dan, you should visit my blog - I have something for you there.

Katherine said...

I agree whole-heartedly. Kids are good for us.
Dogs are good too....

Adeline Anoma said...

Hi, I am new to your blog but I do agree that kids, in their most innocent and beautiful ways, give us new and precious insights and experiences.

Will I be blessed with one? Time will tell.

But meanwhile, I simply share my little joyous moments with my little nephews and nieces. And slowly I am expanding my reach to children from Home.

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Dan Gurney said...

Hi Adeline,

I wish you every good blessing. Children are one of life's sweetest blessings. May grace shine upon you.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Small Footprints--

Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment! You're welcome. I hope you find a child to share wonders with.

Alden Smith said...

What I like about children is their propensity for rebellion and seemingly bad behaviour. Its as though there is a genetic disposition to challenge and change and renew - a friend recently told me a story of a very brave and fiesty young woman who challenged the chauvinistic and repressive attitudes of her culture (at a great cost to her) but without this dipositon there would have no progress and all still be living in caves.

Barry said...

Very true Dan. A truth I discovered with my children and am rediscovering with my grandchildren.

vickie said...

thanks for posting this WONDERFUL comment from Rachel Carson. I recently read Silent Spring and was profoundly moved. This quote is soo soo important. thanks for sharing

Dan Gurney said...

Alden, rebellion, well, it's going to be their world, not ours, so I guess they'd better make it theirs.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Barry, thanks.