Great Discoveries

On a more positive note, my daughter recently crossed the 18 month mark. This is such a wonderful age of discovery. Everything is a big deal. Inspecting the contents of drawers, boxes, purses and books is never ending entertainment. We spend a great time together as she seeks out new things to explore and learn about. She asks “what’s that” and I do what I can to teach her what is in the world that surrounds her.

Olivia’s excitement over the most basic things in life makes me realize I haven’t done much to notice new things in my world. I’ve been on this planet 36 years, but I’ve hardly seen all there is to enjoy and know. Every day Olivia strives to a new height. My days aren’t as much about accomplishing anything new as they are about repeating what I have done previous days. My greatest accomplishment is often doing something better the 30th time around than I did the first.

Stability is something I relish. Trouble is, stable means nothing is changing. You are experiencing no less and no more. I have a definite fascination of those who like to step beyond stability no matter what age they are. Perhaps it is the inner me appreciating they haven’t turned off the desire to reach out and grab all there is to discover and experience.

I am disappointed my mind clearly tells me “there is no way I could be like them.” Why not though? I imagine I was adventurous and curious when I was 18 months old. When did it turn off between then and now? What shut that part of me down? Was it an internal or external message? I am curious to know the answer to this because it would be a shame if our parents are the external source that launch us into a life of mere stability. I’d hate to be the reason my little adventurer shuts down and stops looking at and experiencing her world.

4 Responses to “Great Discoveries”

  1. Amsterdamn says:

    Perhaps avoiding playstations, x-boxes and all that electronic stuff would be a good choice. We did that, no games for my girls.
    They are now both healthy and happy, with an intense curiosity about the many types, styles, strengths, and effects of alcohol.

  2. lisa says:

    I think you have touched on a big part of it, Amsterdamn. So many of us are allowing electronics to have our adventures for us while we simply watch.

  3. Amsterdamn says:

    I think it turns the kids into little zombies. I saw a kid in a restaurant the other day, who wouldn’t stop playing his hand-held game even to order his dinner. His parents just kinda shrugged their pathetic shoulders at the waiter, and the waiter was just pissed. I am sure of one thing; you’re a good parent, because you love your kid, and you’re trying. Some parents have just given up.

  4. Lori says:

    This is funny because my boss and I often refer to what we call “digital babysitting” that is becoming so prominent with parents these days. The super-engaging games, the online virtual worlds, the DVD’s that we’re encouraged to buy for our infants. My husband and I realized that actually going to the zoo or aquarium is FAR more entertaining to both us and our son than popping in a “World of Animals” Baby-Einstein DVD.