Oh, to spend time as a young child again! Having a grandchild presents a unique opportunity to observe everything through the innocent and belief-filled eyes of a child who is not yet blinded to awe and wonder by the filters of boredom, mistrust, or prejudice.
A young child lives in the present. He doesn’t worry about the past or fret about the future. He is open to every possibility and willing to accept things as they come to him. Ever moment is wonderful — yes, full of wonder!
A young child finds joy in what she is given. She delights in receiving even the simplest of things. A small, red balloon will call forth her squeals of delight. Give her a bouquet of balloons and she will bury her face in them and laugh when the breeze causes them to gently tap her cheeks.
A child doesn’t question where you purchased your gift or how much it cost. She doesn’t look in the collar of her new dress to check for a designer label. It is her new dress, it is from you and it is beautiful!
A child finds beauty in the tiniest bit of nature. A flower may be plucked from a weed, but to him it is so pretty and he offers it to you in his little, outstretched hand with genuine love. He remembers how happy his last offering made you.
A child believes what she is told by her family. She believes just as fervently in the Baby Jesus as she does in Santa Claus. She is so proud to be able to help light the candles to celebrate Hanukkah or Kwanzaa.
A child is boundless love wrapped in a small, gleaming package and tied with the ribbons of innocence and splendor!
Remember that through a child’s eyes, the people and the world around him are amazing and he trusts that they will always be so. During 2012, may we all do our utmost to become and remain more worthy of being called “amazing.”
Happy holidays to each of you as you celebrate with your friends and loved ones — and, I hope, a grandchild or two! — from the KH and her beautiful, wonderful, scrumptious sweetheart of a granddaughter, Maleeyah 🙂