Ordinary Magic

Posted on | August 8, 2012 | 10 Comments

“Thank you for making the horses, and thank you for the cows,” he turned and looked over at me, “It’s your turn now, Mommy!”

I figured we were on an animal kick in our prayers so I chimed in:

“And thank you for the fish.”

“Yeah! And thank you for the sharks,” he was giggling now.

“And for the whales,” I smiled.

“Yeah, and for the black whales, too!”

He turned and looked at me for a moment. He saw I was smiling and threw his arms out wide in a shrug as if to say “what? I can say that!”

“Yeah!” He grinned and nodded, “I said the black whales.  Because you meant the silver whales.  So I said the black ones. Because I like them, too.”

His mind astounds me.  I am consistently floored by the things that rattle out in his prattle, amazed by how he thinks and imagines and believes.  When I tell him there are no monsters or dinosaurs, he cocks his head sideways and says “But there could be if they wanted to be.”  When I tell him his superhero cape won’t actually make him fly, he responds “I think maybe it will, though.”

Isn’t it amazing? The worlds these children transport us to? The places their minds visit… the realms they create?  In J’s world, there are black and silver whales, not just whales.  In his world, he thanks his God for the trees and his doggies, and also for everyone else’s doggies and the pull on the end of the fan.  In his world, everything is beautiful, anything is possible, and all things are amazing.

And every day, he reminds me that I should  be more amazed by the world around me.  I should be more open to everyday magic, ordinary perfection, and casual beauty.  I should be throwing my arms wide and saying “Thanks for the polkadots on that bug” because honestly… bugs have polka dots! And that, when you think about it, is pretty freaking epic.

He reminds me to take the time, even on the roughest days, to look around me and be amazed.  This morning, when we were running late and we’re both sick and it’s wet and rainy and the only thing I wanted to do was to put J in the car and get the day started so it could just get over already, the last thing I felt like being was amazed.  But as I buckled J in his carseat and stood up, I saw the most intricate spider web I’ve ever seen.  It laced out across the driveway, one tendril fastened to the top of my car and another stretching all the way out to the bushes on the other side.  It was… everyday perfection.  I could have ignored it.  I could have shrugged and hoped it would be there when we got back home.  But when I looked down at him and I remembered the unbridled joy he has at… well… everything, I shrugged.  Because what’s five more minutes when it means a chance to share joy with my son.

So I unbuckled J from his seat and raised him high in my arms so he could lean as close as possible to the silk screen of nature.

“Whoa…” he whispered, reaching out a finger to lightly touch the artist’s handiwork.  “I think maybe I could make that, too.”

I smiled. Because yeah, I think… just maybe… he could.



10 Responses to “Ordinary Magic”

  1. Mae (Life's Candy)
    August 8th, 2012 @ 9:29 am

    Sometimes I don’t comment because I don’t even know what to say. This is basically one of those times.

  2. Law Momma
    August 8th, 2012 @ 9:35 am

    Ha! I hope that’s a good thing and not a “What the hell is she babbling about” thing… 🙂

  3. Sally Pyles Duren
    August 8th, 2012 @ 9:57 am

    This may be my favorite post of yours. Ever.

  4. Law Momma
    August 8th, 2012 @ 10:02 am

    Awww thanks, lady. 🙂

  5. Nikki Hall
    August 8th, 2012 @ 11:35 am

    On Monday my J, who is 7 saw a rainbow for the 1st time (at least that he will remember) and he said, “Yeah, Jesus put it there for me to see, since I haven’t seen one yet.” Our children’s minds just plain amaze me. I LOVE this post! Thanks for always making me smile!

  6. Law Momma
    August 8th, 2012 @ 11:57 am

    That’s just freaking adorable. I wish my life had a constant camcorder, so I could pause and rewind and take note of the things J says and the way he says them. Because 9 times out of 10, what makes the sayings the cutest is the inflection in his voice!!

  7. KeAnne
    August 8th, 2012 @ 1:18 pm

    It is wonderful seeing the world through our children’s eyes. It really does make the cynicism and hurt fall away and return some of the wonder and amazement we had at their age.

  8. Julia Hembree
    August 8th, 2012 @ 9:28 pm

    It is so amazing to hear their inner thoughts now. Truly amazing.

  9. Missy Bedell
    August 8th, 2012 @ 9:48 pm

    That’s beautiful. And yes, yes, yes. It’s so important to stop our rushing to help our kids continue to see the magic sometimes!

  10. Angie Wenzel
    August 8th, 2012 @ 10:16 pm

    What a great reminder o slow down and enjoy the little things with our little ones!

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