If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over
the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each
child in the world would be a sense of wonder so indestructible that
it would last throughout life, as an unfailing antidote against the
boredom and disenchantment of later years, the sterile preoccupation
with things that are artificial, the alienation from the sources of
– Rachel Carson
I found the quote above on my friend Lindsey’s blog this morning and immediately thought to include it with this beautiful picture of Katherine. It’s just a perfect match. A perfect match to a perfect summer moment. Yesterday, Katherine was playing at a friend’s house and the hoses came out. Katherine didn’t have a bathing suit with her so she stripped down to her undies without a second thought. She is pictured above making a vat of ‘chocolate milk’ out of mud.
As I watched Katherine, I found myself wondering when we stop finding things like water play fun. What I guess I was questioning was when we lose our sense of wonder. When does a pile of mud become dirt instead of chocolate milk? When do wet clothes become a nuisance instead of a fun part of summer play? When indeed do we lose our wonder.
And I realized maybe never as long as we continue to wonder with the children in our lives… Let them continue to wonder for a long, long time.