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Saturday, 21 June 2014: One Year and Eighty Two Days Old.

Ayla learned to “cheers” tonight, and it took about 2.38 seconds.

It’s AMAZING how quickly Ayla learns.

It’s CRAZY how much Ayla understands.

I NEVER realised that such a tiny, innocent, vulnerable, beautiful little creature could look at something once, for the first time, and piece together it’s history, it’s purpose, it’s connotations and it’s value within seconds.

It’s like a couple of days ago when Ayla brought two different shoes to me and I asked her to go back and pick out the matching partner instead of odd sorts.

I didn’t even think Ayla would listen, let alone understand, but she toddled off back into her bedroom and emerged with the left pink sparkly sandal that matched the right I had in my hand.

So I suppose it isn’t surprising that when I clinked my glass to Ayla’s water bottle and said “cheers” Ayla repeated the action with words and all, straight away.

People say children are sponges but to me, “sponge”is an understatement and I don’t ever think I’ll be able to comprehend how amazing Ayla is.

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Saturday, 14 September 2013: One Hundred and Sixty Six Days Old.

Quote: “You old people know nothing. You old people don’t see. Finn knows everything about the world and I can feel myself forgetting.”

Those are the words of a three year old girl, spoken to her mum about her newborn baby brother.

When I heard that today it sent shivers up my spine and sent my skin into waves of goosebumps.

To me, it made perfect sense.

I have no doubt that as children we’re born with something special – something extra – that we seem to lose touch with over time.

So what causes us to lose that innate insight and wisdom that we’re born with, only to find it again (if we’re lucky) in time for our final dying days?

Is there a way for me nurture Ayla’s “something extra” so that she’ll always have her true authenticity?

Or, is Ayla here to teach me? To help me learn that it’s never to late to remember myself, to value the now, to be present and give thanks.