Thursday, March 22, 2012

"failure to thrive" a problem for too many adults...

David exploring and Rebekah taking it all in
Today is the last day of my four-day solo flight at home. Rebekah has been enjoying some overdue baby snuggles in Connecticut and David, evidently, has been eating up the extra attention.

Not that he was exactly starved for stimulation before Rebekah arrived. This baby is thriving in every sense of the word! It's abundantly obvious that our daughter, Naomi, has taken to this "Mommy" stuff with both passion and commitment. Rebekah says she's a natural at it and I couldn't be happier. And neither could David; unless, that is, somebody dares to be a few moments late with whatever meal he's looking forward to.

"OK, Grandmama. I'm ready! What's next..?"
YAY! What's been exciting to me - via the constant stream of photographs, video-clips and Skype sessions - has been to note the changes that come almost daily as little David learns and grows. At five-months, his entire life is a series of new experiences and a growing awareness of his environment and how he can reach out and grow.

It has made me wonder about exactly how and when someone's curiosity taps out. It's the saddest thing to see people turn off the valve, close the curtains, lock learning in the garden shed and roll down the shutters.

Yesterday I wrote a little about learning, and today I'm in the same mindset.

  • "I love my grandmama. But, really, is it time to eat yet?"
    I am convinced that most of us function and learn well below capacity.

  • I believe this "Life-Charged Life" I write about is more possible when we keep our curiosity stoked and our learning active.

  • I see my grandson, David, and I am reminded about how foundational curiosity and exploration is to growth.

  • I'm absolutely sure that too many of us miss out on so much simply because we remove ourselves from a learning environment.

Failure to thrive is not just a danger for infants, you know.
In the name of the Great Teacher and the Author of Creativity....

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