Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

When We’re Having Fun March 7, 2014

I never knew why, but I’ve always had a respect for it. Which is funny, since the older I get, the more elusive it seems to get. Time. From the ground up, it has a way of standing still while at the same time flying by at the speed of light.

That is how the last nine weeks have felt for me. While I know Christmas is long behind us, it feels like yesterday we enjoyed good tidings of great joy that will be for all the people. It’s as if we just put the Christmas tree up and danced around to Christmas carols. It’s as if mom just told dad she was going into labor that fateful night. And then Carter was home and life changed forever.

But I realized today time has indeed passed. It hit me like the warmth of the spring air that we were teased with in Wisconsin today. After what has arguably been the most unbearable winter in recent history, it was almost 50 degrees outside. As I enjoyed the warm air blowing through my fur, I was reminded that spring is almost here. Time is moving forward even though it feels like it’s standing still.

This was confirmed tonight when my dear two-legged friend Dorian told my dear little person Carter to stop growing. “You’re getting way too big,” she said to him. “You need to stop that. Right now.” I know she jests, and yet there is an emotional seriousness to what she is saying that I’ve heard echoed all to often in similar words by mom.

They look forward to baby Carter growing up, and yet wish he could stay the same forever. Time. From the ground up, it stands still, and yet keeps moving. This is one of many reason why I respect it so much. Not a moment goes by that I don’t value the present of the present.

So today I start a new chapter of joy, from the ground up. And I do so with a thousand words. Pictures encapsulate the paradox of time standing still while it simultaneously flies by. So it is with pictures I shall speak.

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24 Responses to “When We’re Having Fun”

  1. huntmode Says:

    Aside from Carter’s delightful smiles, what I noticed most in these was how utterly vulnerable he was at birth, his neck needing support, his body completely wrapped in a blanket, even his tiny fingers were protected. Today, he’s focused, healthy and a strong personality coming forward. Lovely post, Wyles. 🙂

    • You’re so right about that, dear friend – it’s easy to forget too since it happened so quickly! I can’t wait to see more and more of this personality emerge. 😉
      Lots of love,

  2. kiwiskan Says:

    thanks for the lovely photos – so cute

  3. He really is getting too big too fast. Soon you’ll be playing fetch with him. I don’t know how to tell you this Wiles, but in some of those pictures, that baby is drunk!!!

    Love and licks,

  4. Wiley that’s very good to value every moment. Because every moment is unique and it never comes back. I’m glad you smelled the spring in the air, please send a little spring my way too :o)

  5. scrapydo Says:

    Thank you for sharing these moment with us. I love it , my mum also. LOL to you!

  6. Lyn Says:

    WOW Wiley, those pictures are gorgeous. What a wonderful reminder of how things are and how things were. Time is strange indeed – for a little child, the weeks leading up to Christmas is almost eternal, yet the older you get, the faster time seems to go.

  7. utesmile Says:

    What lovely pictures of Carter and you joy really spreads! Much love to you Wiles!

  8. Sandy Says:

    Oh, the intensity of those eyes and the wonderful smile. Pictures capture so much – and I can see so much happiness with Carter, your Mom, and Dad and you. Plus I don’t think anyone had to ask you to pose with Carter. You are just watching over him and sharing good tmes. Thanks for sharing!

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