We all have dreams for our children. We would all like to see them achieved something we ourselves were not able to.
There comes a time, that we pause to reflect on our little ones, and who they really are. It may be at 2am, while changing a nappy, or breastfeeding. Sometimes that moment is forced on us, through illness or death.
It’s then that we are able to see a child who is content to just wiggle his or her toes. In that moment, the little one is happy and enjoying life. We might realise that we have been caught up in dreaming of his or her future, instead of being part of just “wiggling toes” and being happy for that moment.
I like to find those moments in life, and get immense joy from them. I tend to have a camera with me most of the time, so are often able to record them.
On occasion, I will cast a child’s hand or foot while they are sleeping. To have that really relaxed hand replicated captures one of those moments of peace. All through the rush of life, that casting serves as a constant reminder, that there is another side to life. Looking at it or holding it, will flood back all the memories of that moment. To me, these are the real treasures of life.
For this week, watch your child. Notice the incredible things they do. Notice their curiosity, and sense of imagination. Notice their lack of fear. Notice their loving natures. There are time that I have wished I could freeze time, but ….alas! Try to see the world through their eyes.
When you can achieve that, you will relate to them better.
Someday I’ll jump through puddles, take a stroll or run a race.
Someday I’ll walk across the street or maybe walk in space.
Someday I’ll scale a mountain or I’ll join a ballet corps.
Someday I’ll walk a tightrope or explore the ocean floor.
Someday these feet will do some things that only heaven knows,
but for today they’re happy just to wiggle all their toes.