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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Pour Your Heart Out: Magic

 
 

His big, gorgeous eyes light up.

A huge grin shows his deep dimples.

As my 3 year-old declares, "It's MAGIC!"

Whether it's the automatic doors opening at the grocery store or the stars in the sky or cookies appearing after a shopping trip he didn't know I made, my youngest is quick to explain it all by saying "It's magic."

He takes such joy in commonplace events. He sees the beauty in the every day. The magic.

No need for explanations as to how things happen or why.

He sees what's around him and delights in it.

Too young to be jaded.

Not too busy to notice the every day magic.

I think I was like that once.

I think we all were.

I wonder when we lose it.

I wonder if we can start to see the magic in the every day again.



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Blogger Kakunaa said...

I adore this post. I wrote a post about Helen Keller - that amazement over things, learning things for the first time. How I wish we could be like that again, but with the wisdom of age. You rock my world lady.

November 30, 2011 at 7:04 AM  
Blogger Sorta Southern Single Mom said...

Fabulous Shell! I've lost it in a lot of places, but never completely. As an adult, I tend to attribute it more to faith... like when the clouds crack and the sunlight pours through, but I also still hear the bell ring, a la The Polar Express... it's the Spirit of it all that I believe in, if that makes sense.

November 30, 2011 at 7:11 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

I love seeing things through the eyes of my children. The amazement and the way they appreciate things. Adults start to lose that, that is why it is so important to have a child in your life somewhere. It keeps you honest.

November 30, 2011 at 7:12 AM  
Blogger Tara R. said...

How wonderful it would be if we could keep that belief in magic we all had as children.

November 30, 2011 at 7:21 AM  
Blogger Varda said...

Thank you, my friend, for helping me to start out my Wednesday feeling all warm and floaty. Magic indeed. Just lovely.

November 30, 2011 at 7:33 AM  
Anonymous tracy@sellabitmum said...

I love this simple post - I want some of that innocent magic back.

November 30, 2011 at 7:38 AM  
Blogger Not a Perfect Mom said...

how I love to see things through the eyes of my children...brings back a bit of magic for me...
great post...positively lovely

November 30, 2011 at 7:50 AM  
Blogger Alison@Mama Wants This said...

I love this. My toddler goes "Ooooh" when he sees something new & fascinating, and I so wish I could be like that too. For now, I content myself with living through his eyes.

November 30, 2011 at 7:51 AM  
Blogger Diane said...

I miss my boys being that little at Christmas. My 12 year old doesn't even care about helping with the tree anymore ...Sigh...

What a wonderful world it would be if we never lost that.

November 30, 2011 at 8:05 AM  
Blogger Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I like the "it's magic" explanation. I wish I'd thought of that last night during dinner, when my oldest asked me exactly WHERE he came out of my tummy when he was born.

November 30, 2011 at 8:09 AM  
Blogger Maggie S. said...

A great question. I ask myself everyday, almost. I always think I am too jaded. But my kids recruit magic from everywhere. And you know they are big.

November 30, 2011 at 8:18 AM  
Blogger VandyJ said...

I think we have kids so they can show us the magic again. I know I'm way more aware of it because of my boys. The big magic and the little magic. Rocks and sticks and magic doors and magic stop lights, all things I'm more aware of since spending time with the wonderful, baffling boys in my life.

November 30, 2011 at 8:31 AM  
Blogger Secret Mom Thoughts said...

My 6 year old is starting to lose the magic. It makes me sad.

November 30, 2011 at 8:39 AM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

Oh I love this post! That's precious!! Magic is around us everyday. I wish I could remember that!

November 30, 2011 at 8:40 AM  
Blogger Denise said...

I love how simple kids can be. The wonder in their eyes. I need a little magic now and then too.

November 30, 2011 at 8:42 AM  
Blogger Missy said...

I think we try to do it by living it through them. I try so hard not to rush my 4 year old along from a magical moment - they won't last forever and I want her to appreciate them for as long as she can.

November 30, 2011 at 8:44 AM  
Blogger The Empress said...

Oh, gosh. Yes.

This reminds me of a book by C.S. Lewis,where he said, "the magic to life is wonder. Always look at life with a sense of wonder. It's like a whispered prayer to God."

November 30, 2011 at 8:45 AM  
Blogger Evonne said...

I love to see the joy kids get from the simple things. I think we were all like that at some point.

Through our kids, we can recapture some of the magic, but it's not quite the same.

November 30, 2011 at 8:46 AM  
Blogger 4timesblessed said...

Children seem to see things in a completely different light.

November 30, 2011 at 8:49 AM  
Blogger dosweatthesmallstuff said...

As we grow older, we do tend to lose that child-like wonder towards things. Instead of seeing the magic, too often our skepticism and bitterness got in the way. Slowly, we start to lose our joy in simple things.

I didn't realize the extent of it until I became a mother. It's only then that I get to experience once again the world through the eyes of my child. And it really was a humbling experience.

November 30, 2011 at 8:56 AM  
Blogger The Preppy Girl in Pink said...

It is sad to realize when you have lost that innocence and no longer believe in magic. We all have to Google the answers for how everything works now. We don't leave anything to the imagination.
Here's to hoping that our little ones hold onto that magic for a very long time and always believe there is something more than what Wikipedia tells us!

November 30, 2011 at 9:05 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

Oh that innocence is so sweet. It is a fine line to walk to try to keep that alive and still prepare them for the outside world.

November 30, 2011 at 9:25 AM  
Blogger Reagan said...

I read a book by Ann Voskamp called 1,000 Gifts and it's about finding grace and gifts in everything--and I mean everything! I swear that I AM that "kid" who thinks everything is magic now. From my mom squeezing my hand seconds before she died to the feel of my hair tickling my cheek in the wind, this God grace magic is everywhere ... now that I look!

November 30, 2011 at 9:30 AM  
Blogger Tiffany said...

I wish I could harness some of my childrens innocence and delight sometimes. After so many years of heartache, I have become hardened. If we could hang onto that "magic" forever, the world might be a better place.

November 30, 2011 at 9:33 AM  
Anonymous Cindi said...

If someone discovers that answer, please let us know. (LoL)

Actually, great time of year for this post as "The Santa Claus" is highly viewed ... it's the perfect explaination and, kids Christmas movie. :)

"Seeing isn't believing. Believing is seeing".

November 30, 2011 at 9:35 AM  
Blogger Oka said...

It still find wonder in many things, especially nature, and love to share that with my kids all the time.

November 30, 2011 at 9:47 AM  
Blogger Am I Really Grown Up? said...

I love when our children open our eyes to all the special things that we look past every day.

November 30, 2011 at 9:53 AM  
Blogger KLZ said...

I think having kids made me believe in magic a whole lot more. But still...that innocence is enviable.

November 30, 2011 at 9:53 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

The best thing about having kids is being able to see everything as new again.

November 30, 2011 at 10:01 AM  
Blogger Jacqueline said...

This is awesome :) Children have a way of reminding you how life should be! I'm going to try and remember the magic!

November 30, 2011 at 10:23 AM  
Blogger Mrs. Sullivan said...

I think that we have to stop and make ourselves FIND the magic, which is unfortunate, but true.

November 30, 2011 at 10:28 AM  
Blogger Amanda @ It's Blogworthy said...

Watching my child experience things for the first time reminds me of that magic..and for a little while, I have it back. Beautiful post.

November 30, 2011 at 10:43 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Beautifully written. I agree, I wonder if we can all start to see the magic again!

November 30, 2011 at 10:50 AM  
Blogger Mrs. MidAtlantic said...

What an adorable age!

November 30, 2011 at 10:51 AM  
Blogger Vivian said...

I love how "in awe" kids are about things in life and it really does remind us to take a step back and try to appreciate all the "magic" in the world. You're right, we do tend to forget it so easily, especially with the craziness that life throws at us. I was reminded of "magic" when I had my daughter almost 9 months ago, but I think I lost it again bc life is so stressful right now?!?! Haha.

November 30, 2011 at 11:08 AM  
Anonymous Heidi / I'm with Leia said...

Having my baby made me notice the magic of every day - the magic of having a living breathing baby - listening to him snoring and feel how much I love him and his father.

November 30, 2011 at 11:31 AM  
Blogger Just Cherish Today said...

adorable!!

November 30, 2011 at 11:36 AM  
Blogger An Imperfect Momma said...

thats awesome. I would love to see the world through a childs eye again...

November 30, 2011 at 12:33 PM  
Blogger Kmama said...

I love that he uses those words to describe what he cannot explain. This was such a sweet and beautiful post.

November 30, 2011 at 12:36 PM  
Blogger Jenn [ Crippled Girl ] said...

I think that's partially what the holiday season is about - remembering to see the magic and wonder in the world. :)

November 30, 2011 at 12:36 PM  
Blogger Hutch said...

Oh how I wish I could go back to those innocent days of wonder! Even just to have a little bit of it left!

November 30, 2011 at 12:37 PM  
Blogger Mom of 12 said...

What a little cutie you have! It's a real gift to be able to see the world through a child's eyes. That's why they are given to us. So we can keep the magic.
Sandy

November 30, 2011 at 12:46 PM  
Blogger Anastasia said...

I always try and convince my kids it's magic. My five yr old is starting to get skeptical though.

November 30, 2011 at 12:53 PM  
Blogger mCat said...

Love the naitivete (sp) of little ones. Especially this time of year, when so many MAGICAL things happen

November 30, 2011 at 1:07 PM  
Blogger Emmy said...

Life was more fun when it was so magical.

November 30, 2011 at 1:11 PM  
Blogger Helene said...

Isn't it amazing when we can see things through our children's eyes? I wish so much that the magic of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy will never go away but I know it will someday. And I can't help but feel sad about that.

November 30, 2011 at 1:13 PM  
Anonymous Kimberlly said...

I think we do lose it somewhere along the way...
but we regain it when we watch the world through our children's eyes.
Beautiful post.

November 30, 2011 at 1:17 PM  
Blogger Kristen said...

I love this post. And I love that you got 44 comments on this post. We are doing the Elf on the Shelf - and it is so cool to see the "magic" in my kids eyes. Where is the elf? How did he move? What will he tell Santa? So awesome. I want to believe in Magic. I want to live in Harry Potter's world. :) Kristen

November 30, 2011 at 1:18 PM  
OpenID iseeyoulookingatme said...

Oh, I think we can see the magic again. I HAVE to believe that. Sometimes I get glimpses.

November 30, 2011 at 1:21 PM  
Blogger Singedwingangel said...

I still believe in the Magic of the human soul.. I have to or I would go crazy

November 30, 2011 at 1:33 PM  
Blogger Brittney said...

I love this post!!!

November 30, 2011 at 2:26 PM  
Blogger Courtney K. said...

What a beautiful perspective. I agree that we were all like that at one point or another. I don't know when we lose it, but it's so sad. What a great challenge: learn to see and appreciate the magic again. Sounds like the perfect resolution.

November 30, 2011 at 2:27 PM  
Blogger Natalie said...

I'm sure the world would be a better place if we did see more magic!

November 30, 2011 at 2:32 PM  
Blogger Hines-Sight said...

I love the innocence of children. And the magic they see and feel. There is nothing like it.

November 30, 2011 at 2:54 PM  
Blogger Sela Toki said...

Seeing the world through the eyes of a child. What a magical post. Everyone still have it. We haven't lost it. It's still in all of us. We just need to make time for it.

November 30, 2011 at 3:20 PM  
Blogger Grumpy Grateful Mom said...

Beautiful post! Reminds me of my 3-year-old son. I'm not sure that is was magical, but he took such joy in pushing my cart around the grocery store yesterday. Now if I could just harness some of that grocery cart pushing joy--THAT would be magical. :)

November 30, 2011 at 3:37 PM  
Blogger Tri Mommy said...

This is a great post! I re-discovered that "magic" eeling when I started to look at things through the eyes of my children.

November 30, 2011 at 3:39 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

When I stop to think about it too long, it breaks my heart that my children know "the truth" about Santa and all the other magic in their lives.

I realize they can't REALLY believe forever. And we try to keep the magic in our everyday lives (music and laughter and good food and love).

But there's nothing like that breathtaking belief when you're young.

I still remember that feeling myself.

I hope my kids will never forget.

November 30, 2011 at 3:49 PM  
Anonymous Jocelyn @ ScooterMarie said...

My daughter has actually helped me to see the magic in the every day again. I think kids are the magic.

November 30, 2011 at 3:52 PM  
Blogger Kristin @ What She Said said...

When do we lose that, I wonder?

I have a 2-year-old and am just beginning to see the world emerge as a place of "magic" through her eyes. And I for one am ready to grab on and go along for the ride as long as she'll let me.

November 30, 2011 at 4:29 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I love this post. My son is at that age. I want it to last for as long as possible! I think the magic started for me when I began liking boys, LOL! I think in the 3rd grade. I hope I can find the magic one day soon. As far as I can remember, everything was so much lighter and fun then!

November 30, 2011 at 4:51 PM  
Blogger blueviolet said...

I see it when I'm with the kids, but otherwise, I don't really see it anymore. Really sad....

PS. Come January, you and I ARE getting together. Doggone it all.

November 30, 2011 at 5:54 PM  
Blogger Moomser said...

I sooo would love to rediscover the magic in life... I wish I had my three-year old's secret...

November 30, 2011 at 6:50 PM  
Blogger Julia Hunter said...

Aww I love this post. My lil guy makes me see the magic in small moments all the time. It's one of the best things about being a mom, seeing the world through your childs eyes.

November 30, 2011 at 7:40 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

Love love love this post! It's amazing what our sweet sweet children can make us see.

November 30, 2011 at 8:00 PM  
Blogger Kimberly said...

Oh I love this. I adore when they see something for the first time and it's magical to them. I wish I could be that way, but for now I'm living through their eyes.

November 30, 2011 at 8:37 PM  
Anonymous Galit Breen said...

Oh my, yes this. That magic -and the way they see it- Is breath taking.

November 30, 2011 at 8:39 PM  
Blogger WhisperingWriter said...

Aww. Yes, my four year old is all about magic. She's also apparently a princess. And a fairy.

November 30, 2011 at 9:18 PM  
Anonymous Best pre workout supplement said...

Yes! every children loves magic... I really love this post

November 30, 2011 at 9:50 PM  
OpenID adashofdomestic said...

I love that small children still believe in magic.

I'm not sure when the belief dies, I know it's gone by middle school. Maybe it's the hormonal changes?

November 30, 2011 at 9:53 PM  
Blogger Carolyn said...

I also want to get excited over little things again :)

November 30, 2011 at 10:04 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Such a beautiful post. I love having little boys but always worry about that sweet side of them fading away as they grow up.

November 30, 2011 at 10:26 PM  
Blogger Nezzy said...

Awwww, that's just precious. If only we could still see the world through an child's eyes. Maybe we could see the magic too!!!

God bless and have a fantastic day sweetie!!!

December 1, 2011 at 5:09 PM  
Anonymous Cam | Bibs and Baubles said...

I try really hard to still see that magic. Sometimes, it's just too easy to be jaded. Beautiful post. My son is re-awakening the magic all around me. Let's hope we don't ever fully grow out of it.

December 1, 2011 at 6:35 PM  
Blogger championm2000 said...

Magic. It's a beautiful thing.

Before becoming a mom, I was having a similar conversation with a friend who has a 12 year old son. She said it happened for her son when he found out about Santa :-/

December 1, 2011 at 9:08 PM  

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