Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

Like A Watermark October 10, 2014

They say it killed the cat. I sure hope that isn’t true, because something is in full bloom around here. Curiosity. From the ground up, it is in literally everything dear baby Carter does all day.

The toys, the cardboard discovery tunnel my forever parents built for him, the furniture. These are all more obvious things I suppose one would expect a child of nine months to explore. Things that are catching mom and dad off guard are the less obvious things, like inside the cabinets, the dishwasher and literally every object that is within an arm’s reach for him.

I realized today it’s kind of funny, since I wouldn’t dare venture anywhere but my designated toy bin for play things, it seems this is all Carter ever does – explore things outside the box. I think it’s all part of his development, because mom and dad certainly do (albeit cautiously) celebrate his discovery and appreciation of things.

And I suppose it brings some joy to my heart, as well. To see him using his little mind to figure things out, and the joy it brings my people to observe it happening. Even if it is something as seemingly insignificant as a spoon.

This thing called perspective is interesting in these memorable family moments. It reminds me a bit of a watermark, which (I admittedly had to look up to make sure I knew the proper definition of) is a recognizable image or pattern in paper that appears as various shades of light or darkness when viewed by transmitted light.

Right now, that light is in dear baby Carter’s heart as he explores things in his world for the first time. Right now, that “curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning,” as American inspirational writer William Arthur Ward suggested. I can say I agree, as I watch the impact this candle has on my little family. The joy it brings.

So I sure hope this thing called curiosity doesn’t kill the cat. Or anyone for that matter. Because from where I’m sitting (or laying, depending on the time of day), it’s definitely my new favorite source of joy from the ground up.


4 Responses to “Like A Watermark”

  1. Lyn Says:

    I love watching babies explore. They are so much fun to watch – especially when they’re exploring boxes or tunnels. My youngest grandson, “Little Man Harry” as his mum calls him, just turned 5 months old and I can’t wait till he starts exploring πŸ™‚
    This is definitely an exciting time, Wiles.

  2. Curiosity is fun! I am more careful than curious, but it’s a healthy thing for Carter. I hope he doesn’t try to pull your tail off and play with it.

    Love and licks,

    • Dear Cupcake,

      While I genuinely appreciate your sentiment, dear baby Carter has indeed made attempts for my tail. A few times. But hey, I’ve survived to tell the tale. Ha, get it? I make myself giggle sometimes. πŸ™‚

      Lots of love to you and mom,


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