With all the world’s chaos trickling down into our daily lives, the anxiety and stress can be overwhelming. It has made me think about the WONDER I see in your children’s eyes as they spend their day with us at South Hills. As we age and responsibilities increase, it is too often difficult to pause and experience the wonder of life again, present every day if we only take the time (even a few seconds!) to experience and enjoy whatever presents itself to us.
Having a child is a golden opportunity for parents, and grandparents, to restore their sense of wonder. Give yourself the gift of time to enjoy the absolute wonder in your child’s eyes, which may be experienced in the snowfall and amazing changes in landscape they notice as you drive him/her to school and watch/listen to your child’s reaction to the mystery of it all! Nature, music, art, animals, insects, birds, plants, flowers, weather, seasons, the sky, are all resources invoking wonder in your child. It permits adults another opportunity to regain the wonder that is lost in our day to day responsibilities and tasks.
As I typically do, I search through Fred Rogers works to see what he might have to offer on any subject on which I am pondering. Here is a gem on wonder:
“It seems to me that some of us value information over wonder, and noise over silence. And I feel that we need a lot more wonder and a lot more silence in our lives.”. —Fred Rogers
I often think I became an Early Childhood educator because of the sense of wonder I never want to lose. It takes much effort to put aside the demands of each day, but life is richer and more splendid when seeing it through your child’s eyes. And here at South Hills, wonder is on full display...
❤ Ms Connie