I suppose it’s a bit of a cliche to say that as a parent of a 10 month old every day is an adventure. As my son experiences the wonder of life learning a new skill, exploring a new environment or enjoying a new experience, I too get to share in that moment and see the world with a fresh pair of eyes. Last week it was learning how to wave good bye. Yesterday it was learning how to turn a light switch on and off. This morning it was eating mini pancakes and playing a giggly game of peek a boo over breakfast.
It never ceases to amaze me how something so small can provide so much pleasure to a child. As a parent, the joy comes from watching the sense of achievement and wonder that things we take for granted can produce such a sense of wonder.
Today, we went to a local cafe which specializes in fresh organic blueberries. I’d been wanting to go to this cafe for ages, so today’s blog challenge provided the perfect excuse. The cafe is located in a lovely rural setting, as part of a blueberry farm, about 15 minutes from town. I was surprised how busy it was when we arrived, but we managed to find a seat. While Oma and I enjoyed coffee and blueberry pie, my little man got to chomp on a wine biscuit.
Thankfully, the weather had cleared and we were blessed with some lovely sunshine (it’s been raining heavily for days). The cafe has a lovely balcony and outdoor area designed for kids which meant that my little man got to spend some time crawling around, playing with a toy truck, splashing in a shallow puddle and generally letting off some steam. All in all, it was a lovely hour and a half break.
I think sometimes we assume the perspective that an adventure has to be a big event – something that takes us away from our usual environment, requires a lot of planning and effort, and is something that we wouldn’t often repeat. In fact, life is a series of little experiences that on their own, or taken together, can be as adventurous as we choose to make them. With this perspective in mind, it’s easy to experience adventures every day.
This blog is in response to Natalie’s Ten Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 8