One of my little girls loves birds. I pinned this video the other day, and I couldn’t wait to show it to her.
While we were watching it, the old homeschooler in me couldn’t help but ask the girls, “Why do you think they do that?”
The older ones tried to humor me by giving me their answers, but I could tell that all they wanted to do was watch.
When I asked the little one who loves birds, she said, “I don’t know. I just want to watch them and think.”
Point taken, wee one.
There is an intangible, yet crucial part of the development of a person that is embodied in wonder. It’s tough to cultivate, because there is no time or place for it in our current system of education or work. It doesn’t fit into a certain category or subject. It just “is.” But there is a deeply spiritual, personal aspect of the development of our children. When we force them to analyze every little thing, the wonder is gone. There is something deeply spiritual about wonder. It adds to who we become in ways we cannot calculate.
“Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement. [Professor Abraham Joshua] Heschel would encourage his students to get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible; never treat life casually. To be spiritual is to be amazed.”
– Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv, quoting Rabbi Martin Levin, p. 292