Sunday, September 18, 2011

Wide Eyed Wonder

It seems to me that the longer we walk on this earth, the more accustomed we become to its wonder. We can get to a place where we've "seen it all". Sometimes that is sad to me. When I'm stopped in my tracks by a beautiful sunset, I wonder how I've missed them every other day. Wonder is a beautiful thing and I try to keep that sense about me whenever I can.

Tonight, I witnessed something truly beautiful. Daniel and Katie took the opportunity to have a "date night" tonight and I spent a bit of time watching my niece, Ansley. We are currently sailing on Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas. This is her first cruise and she's absolutely loving it! While we were hanging out in her cabin, (watching Lion King, singing and dancing) I heard the music for the Aqua Show start. We headed out onto the balcony and watched as amazing performers put on an unbelievable show.

But, I could hardly take my eyes from Ansley's face. She was drinking it all in. She was entranced by it all and loving every second of it. I love getting to see her experience thigns for the first time. She has nothing about her that inhibits her sense of wonder. Unlike so many jaded adults, she has a fresh, clean palate upon which she can paint. It's truly beautiful to see.

I hope that I can remember to stop and wonder at the things around me. Watching Ansley grow up and experience life afresh has helped me to do that more. It's more precious than I can say. What a priviledge and treasure. I'm so looking forward to this week and the wonder it will surely hold!