A Quick Hello and Some Thoughts About What We Love

Hello Everyone! Apologies for posting this half finished this morning!

I haven’t been online much lately for two reasons:

1) I’m visiting my parents in another state and helping my kids adjust to being away from home and their Dad. Wow, babies really feel the lack of routine and familiarity. I guess I do as well.

2) My heart has been pondering a lot of things that I haven’t found words for yet.

In the meantime, I’ve been watching my kids and play and noticing how they are entirely driven by the things that they love.

I’ve talked to Dr. G some about how growth comes from pursuing what we love rather than seeking approval.

Here is what I remember loving as a child:

Mud, flowers, poems, history, stories about wilderness survival, stories from my parents childhood, picking things from the garden, climbing trees, creeks and rivers, books, hunting for seashells and rocks.

Here is what I notice Welly loving right now:

Wheels, equipment and tools, word play, silly books like Dr. Seuss, telling stories about his day, finding hideouts, climbing and hanging.

Pearl is still so little but here is what she loves as best I can tell:

Gentle swaying, squatting while pulling herself up, fingers in dirt, leaves in her mouth, things that clink together or crinkle, snuggling faces together.

What did you love as a child?

Credit for putting this quote online in this particular format: Sun Gazing Facebook Group.



10 thoughts on “A Quick Hello and Some Thoughts About What We Love

  1. Grandparent time is good. I’ve been pondering a lot of things lately, too, resulting in some serious radio silence from me on my blog and other social media. I’m kind of digging the disconnect, though.

  2. I loved riding bareback on hot summer days, reading, drawing, writing poetry, swimming in our stock tank, going for drives, photography. I have to set a specific time to even finish a book anymore.

  3. “Growth comes from pursuing what we love rather than seeking approval.” I’ve never thought about growth in these terms, but I love it!

    As a child, I loved reading, inventing games in the woods with my neighbors, playing with my barbies and dressing them up, redecorating my room by moving around furniture, and playing computer and video games.

    And now… I only wish I would have been given more opportunities to have sought these things that I still love. Because now they are just hobbies which I have to carve out time for. Though I am hopeful than an “old” dog can learn new tricks. 🙂

  4. “My heart has been pondering a lot of things that I haven’t found words for yet”… I love this and it captures my feelings about life right now too. Thank you for putting this into words!

    As a child I loved running free in the outdoors, exploring, making mud pies, reading, snuggling on the couch after a bath, falling asleep being read to, long summer evenings in school hols running bear foot around the neighbourhood with other kids, simple things but they are the most memorable….

    Thank you for touching my day..

  5. The quote you posted moved me. It is now posted by my desk to remind me of what my real daily goals should be.

    As a child I loved camping and trips to the coast with my parents, running, playing in the woods by my house, building forts, reading, cooking (even as a kid my parents had me cooking!), coloring.

    I can relate most of my job and life to parts of these hobbies. I just need to remember more WHO I was, not, necessarily WHAT I did. Who I was before I had expectations piled on me.

    Great post!

  6. The quote you posted moved me. I now have it hanging in my workspace to remind me what my daily goal(s) should be.

    As a child I liked camping and trips to the coast with my family, running, fishing, playing in the woods, building forts, swimming, cooking (even as a kid my parents had me cooking!), reading, coloring, riding my bike.

    I must say, looking at this list, I still take time to do these things and can relate my lab job in microbiology to some of it…like cooking. Haha. What I need to recall is WHO I was (that free-spirited, easily excited and accepting little girl), not what I did…who I was before I noticed all the expectations.

    Great post!

  7. I loved talking nonsense for the fun of it, to make friends and family laugh. But then you grow up and realize it doesn’t work that way.

  8. I loved this post and think a lot about this in terms of my children. Really watching what they love, what they are naturally drawn to. I try to support them to do those things and see incredible value in cultivating their ability to follow their passions. I try to support their passions as much as possible—and as a homeschooling/unschooling mom, I see how much learning arises as they delve into their passions (however big or small) and have the space to be fully who they are. Then I turn and look at myeslf: what did I love doing as a child? Who would I be today if I had been able to do those things as much and as often as I liked (for me, these things were drawing, writing stories and poems, playing make believe and creating characters and stories through play, dancing, singing, taking time in the back yard)? Now, as an adult, taking the time to tune into my children’s passions, I can also take the time to tune back into mine. Writing, drawing, playing make believe, singing, and dancing 🙂 those are all things I can do with my kids. I am working very hard to not give my kids a lot of “shoulds” but rather to support them to be who they are without the “shoulds” attached. Thank you for this post.

  9. That quote resonates with me and actually summarizes my thoughts and feelings of late. Thank you for posting it.

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