Five Minute Friday: Wonder

And…it’s that time again.  Already.  Friday morning and time to sign on with Lisa-Jo for her writing prompt.  This week’s word?  WONDER:  (pictures added later)


She sleeps beside me as I type.  Small, fierce, funny.  She will be 16 months old tomorrow and she spends one or two days a week with us while her mama takes care of patients, offering love, wisdom, training and calm presence to so many people. 

She is the littlest of our eight, a gift straight from heaven as we move into the full openness and clear-sightedness of retirement.  And she reminds me to touch that child who still lives inside this spirit of mine, the small one who looks out at the world with eyes wide and heart open. 

She points and gestures wildly, communicating her wishes with grunts, inflection, occasional clearly English words and frequent smiles, kisses, gentle pats on the face or arm.  She is also a curiousity child, wondering and wandering around our home and property, always within sight of one of us, torn between breaking away from us and running straight toward us.

Isn’t that what wonder is about?  Some sort of balance between moving out and moving home?  Openness to the new and deep appreciation for the familiar?  That sense of open-mouthed, wide-eyed delight in beauty, spectacle, small and large, right alongside the affectionate embrace of all that we love and lean into as we live these daily lives? 


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  1. “moving out and moving home”–yes, wondering and wandering do often go hand in hand. How wonderful that you have a granddaughter so close to remind you!

  2. Oh she looks like ton of fun.
    Good post.

  3. This is just wonder-filled!

  4. Thank you, friends, for stopping by. I’m hoping to get some comments out on a few others over this weekend.

  5. Thanks for your sweet note this morning. Just wanted to pop over and tell you how to get my blog on e.mail.

    If you go to the right hand sidebar on my blog and scroll down all the way to the end . . . there is a button for e.mail. Since you didn’t see it, maybe I need to move it up higher.

    Enjoy your weekend.


  6. Wonder is a nice place to be. Thank you

  7. Oh, that face. Those cheeks! Those eyes. She fills me with wonder too.

  8. Diana, This is wonderful, indeed! Such an age, as they wonder and wander and offer those gentle pats.

    Thanks for sharing this.

  9. Aaaah, what a little cutie!! Those days o early childhood go so fast, don’t they? I found it hard to enjoy every second, like everyone said to, because I was so busy with nappies, and washing, and more nappies!!! But now I find myselfd wanting to say the same to you!!