It was exciting. And interesting. And a little terrifying. I was sure it wouldn’t last long. When you’re talking about the attention span of a toddler, nothing ever does. Yet as I took dear baby Carter on an exploration tour of my backyard paradise today, I could tell he was as into it as I was.
From our ground-up perspective, the gradual incline is like a mountain, the decline like a valley. There are trees and pinecones and a garden to explore. So that’s what we did. Together we walked all over the yard, and he talked his talk (in a language neither my forever parents nor I can translate) and I listened. He showed me pinecones that I pretended were a new toy. And I watched as he took it all in.
It was his first time wandering the backyard on his own two feet, since there was already snow on the ground when he first started walking. And it was fun.
It reminded me of the dreams I had all those months ago of us running and playing together in that yard. There wasn’t much running (the grass is still pretty brown and muddy) and it’s still to early to expect him to understand the game of fetch, but we’ll get there.
Not only that, but as I watched him wander and touch and feel and babble to himself, I realized this is just the beginning. There is a very good reason toddlers don’t pay attention to one thing for very long. Everything is new. Everything is different. Everything is exciting.
Watching it all unfold filled my heart with joy for these reasons. Because yes, it was a little bit terrifying thinking of him falling or trying to eat something he shouldn’t. But it was also pretty neat to think of this as just the beginning.
“That is the exploration that awaits you!” the late, great Leonard Nimoy suggested. “Not mapping stars and studying nebula, but charting the unknown possibilities of existence.”
There is so much out there in the world for my dear baby Carter to see and touch and explore. Sure, there will be bumps and bruises along the way, but that is all part of the journey, all part of the existence, I’m so honored to bear witness to.
Isn’t it fun watching little people explore! It doesn’t matter what it is, everything is new and exciting. Yesterday, little man Harry (now 10 months old) sat in the middle of the carpet and ate a whole nectarine–a huge nectarine. He took a bit, looked at it. Took another bite, pulled a piece of skin off it and threw the skin on the floor. After about five minutes, all that was left was a very juicy baby face and a very clean stone, which he handed to his big sister Eliza and said…well, lol who knows what he said, it was his own special ten-month-old language. You and dear baby Carter have so much to look forward to 😀
How wonderful you two in the sunshine here.Enjoy it to the full Wiles!
Dear Wiley: I’m pretty sure, that even though, at this point of his life, baby Carter is more innocent than you about the whole world around him, he is already convinced about your significance in his life. You are the closest, more intimate, the most dearest, adorable, cozy, cutest, friend ever, from whom he “deeply” appreciate the company, and would really discomfort him not to see you, in any of his days, sharing with him all this getaway, and exiting games of searching, discovering, and trying the world. That’s how important you already are for him. And of something else is little Carter sure about too, and that is, that you enjoy the fun as well as he does, and that, therefor, you two are the “perfect partners”. “Happy partnership journey, with your for ever brother Carter”. “Loves, Wiley”.