One of the best things about having a toddler is the way they make you slow down, stop even, and take notice of so many tiny things that you would otherwise overlook, walk past, or maybe sometimes consider an inconvenience.
Rosalie’s curiosity is insatiable, we have to stop and smell every flower, touch every leaf, pick up sticks and stones wherever we go. She notices every bug on the ground and every aeroplane or helicopter in the sky.
A few weeks ago we took a stroll through some local woodland; it was a beautiful day, sunny but still a little nippy at first but warming up towards the middle of the day. There’s a lovely stream running along the bottom of the woods which provided plenty of opportunities for exploration.
Not satisfied with just walking alongside the river, Rosalie had to go in it, feel the cold water run over her boots, poke her stick into the flow and question the absence of fish! We haven’t started getting ‘why?’ questions, but I do get lots of ‘what’s that mama?’ and I love talking to her about everything. And the amazing thing is, she takes so much on board! It’s incredible how much she remembers and that seems to only make her curiosity grow stronger.
Whenever we walk anywhere every flower needs to be sniffed, each dandelion clock needs its seeds blown off, every insect needs inspecting and every bird is admired. I used to get stressed when we were walking with a purpose, to get somewhere on time, but now I just leave a little earlier (or arrive late), because I have learnt that these simple moments really are some of the best, and will probably be gone in a flash.
It would be lovely to view the world through a child’s eyes though wouldn’t it – fresh and untainted. Seeing things for what they are, but also for more than they are, with endless possibilities for imaginary games. I guess in some way being a parent of a toddler does give you that opportunity, we can choose to take a leaf out of our children’s books, join in and see life with extra sparkle, making the ordinary extraordinary.
My beautiful baby girl, so curious, noticing everything, collecting, touching, smelling. Aren’t toddlers great for helping us enjoy the simple things?