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Eyes of a Child

February 3rd, 2011

I watch my kids a lot.  I watch them play.  I watch them learn.  I watch them exercise, race, and compete (not just in sports, either).  I watch them sleep (a more precious image does not exist).  I watch them interact, argue, and negotiate.  I watch them laugh. 

What I see makes it seem as if my eyes have been shut for 35-40 years (I’m 46).  I see joy in mundane activities that don’t involve computers or iPods or televisions.  I see open minds filling with knowledge and memories.  I see competing for the shear love of competing and not necessarily to win – pushing boundaries, learning boundaries, maximum effort with little fear of consequences – neither physical nor mental.  I see bodies at rest, peaceful, blissful, angelic.  I see discussion and arguments, but also peaceful resolution.  I see unconditional love for family, friends, strangers, pets – no matter what the circumstances.  I see laughing – lots of precious, contagious laughing.

The presence of our children, and other children, in my life, has caused me to realize that there was a period in my life that I did not watch enough.  Maybe I felt like there wasn’t much to see, or that I’ve seen it all. 

But as our children’s lives unfold in front of my eyes, I’m forced to watch.  And that’s a good thing.  Because now I see the world differently – or maybe I see it how I used to see it.  Whichever the case may be – I’ve learned that the world would be a better place if more of us occasionally viewed the world, our lives, our pursuits, through the eyes of a child. 

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