Thursday, March 15, 2007

Awesome

According to the American Heritage Dictionary, awesome is defined as:
  1. Inspiring awe: an awesome thunderstorm.
  2. Expressing awe: stood in awesome silence before the ancient ruins.

Motherhood has many incredible, life-changing moments. Yesterday, I felt so full, that I can hardly describe it.

We had two days of fantastic weather this week. On Tuesday after work, LP and I took advantage of the 50 degree temperatures and took a stroll around the neighborhood. It was a route we traversed dozens of times last summer and early fall, but this time it was different. LP was alert and turning her head from side to side. I felt less like a moron than usual as I talked aloud and pointed things out to her: "See the squirrel, baby girl? He is trying to carry that big acorn." We had a great time. And I am almost positive she kept asking me "What's that?"

Last night, instead of taking a walk, I decided to lay a blanket down on our front lawn and sit with LP to let her interact with nature. This is really the first time she has sat in grass, felt a dead leaf crunch in her hand, or destroyed a crocus with a pump of her fist. She pulled the edges of the blanket in close to her so she could touch more of the grass, grabbing a few strands at a time and holding them close to her face. To keep her from trying to put anything in her mouth, we played a game where I would swat her hand away when it got close to her little lips and tickle her. I bet her loud giggles could be heard down the whole block. Actually, I hope those giggles were heard through the whole neighborhood. I wish I could bottle them and listen to the hearty sound whenever I need a pick me up. Or tomorrow when we are expecting 3-6 inches of snow.

It was awesome. For both of us.

2 comments:

dianna said...

I know what you mean. Last night Lauren was in the tub and was having the most wonderful time looking at herself in the lever that you use to plug up the tub with. Ours is circular and she must be seeing a close up distorted version of herself (kind of like a fun house mirror) in it. She thought it was the neatest thing ever!! After cleaning the tub last night - tonights bath should be a real treat for her. The chrome is a lot shinier!!

AmyBow said...

It really is like seeing the world for the first time all over again. Even the most mundane things are exciting to our little girls.