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Joy: From the Ground Up

Little Hands and Feet May 5, 2014

In actuality, they’re not really that little. At least as far as averages may be concerned. But my dear little person and his little hands and feet amaze me every day. While I do still believe the eyes are the gateway to the soul, lately I’ve noticed hands and feet do their own kind of talking.

I speak, of course, of dear baby Carter, whose lust for life has reached a very interesting place of late. He’s found his feet. And, as it turns out, they are for so much more than standing. Who needs rattles when you have feet to play with? This child is so enamored with his ten little toes you would think each contained a million dollars.Ah. Feet.

Not only that, but he has taken to staring at things with a curious look on his face. Like paper. Or his bottle. Or even me. It’s almost like he’s piecing all sorts of puzzles together in his head every moment of every day. It doesn’t matter how big or small or insignificant the discovery may seem – to him it’s a whole new world filled with joy and adventure.

It’s a thought process I decided today I could learn something pretty important from. While I know ignorance does not always bliss, there is something to be said for finding renewed life in such seemingly insignificant things. Everything is new and exciting. Even his not-so-little hands and feet.

“All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered,” suggested Italian physicist and philosopher Galileo Galilei, “the point is to discover them.” I found myself feeling oddly envious of dear little Carter’s curiosity today, until I reminded myself of all we have to discover together and all the joy these discoveries will bring. It’s like a fresh new perspective on life. And I can’t wait.



10 Responses to “Little Hands and Feet”

  1. Lyn Says:

    I love the way babies discover and love their hands and feet. it’s as if they’ve never seen anything so wonderful 🙂

  2. utesmile Says:

    Isn’t it lovely to see when they start being aware of things around them or on them. Such a joy, children are very rewarding to see them growing up!

    • It is! I can’t believe how he keeps doing new things each and every day. I’m holding out for the day when he gives my fur a good yank for the first time. I can’t wait! 🙂
      Lots of love,

  3. Basil Says:

    I love photos of you two together – you’re going to be such a team of heart breakers!

  4. Easter Ellen Says:

    Love the photo and reliving my memories of my children when they were younger.

  5. Feet ARE kind of special and fun. I see where Carter is coming from. Mom would agree with me, I’m sure. NOT about her own feet, but she plays with mine endlessly.

    Love and licks,

    • Your dear mom sounds like such a special treasure who knows how to embrace life’s littlest things. Please do all you can to continue to encourage her to cherish such silly things, will you?
      Lots of love the both of you,

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