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Fireworks through a baby's eyes

Written by: Mindy July 07 2011 I never realized how hustle-bustle I’ve become until I had children. That’s not to say I’m a hurried person … only that it gets easy to take things for granted as you get older. I never realized how hustle-bustle I’ve become until I had children. That’s not to say...

Written by: Mindy

I never realized how hustle-bustle I’ve become until I had children. That’s not to say I’m a hurried person … only that it gets easy to take things for granted as you get older.

I never realized how hustle-bustle I’ve become until I had children. That’s not to say I’m a hurried person … only that it gets easy to take things for granted as you get older.

The 4th of July is a great example. It has always been one of my favorite holidays because it’s all about good-natured celebration. Like Thanksgiving, you can celebrate it with everybody without worrying about religion or whether somebody might be offended in some way.

We had a low-key 4th of July. I spent the afternoon relaxing at my parents’ house, since hubby had to work. When he got off at 9 p.m., we had just enough time to drive down the street to an open field. It was a good spot to watch the city’s fireworks from afar.

Our part in the celebration was simple. All it really consisted of was standing outside our car, with our kids in our arms. There wasn’t any music in the background, nor were there vending stands close by. We weren’t surrounded by throngs of people. In fact, we could hardly even hear the “pops” of each firework.

None of that mattered, though. As soon as the show began, Chloe’s eyes began to dance. She can hold her head up now, which she did throughout the entire display. Each new burst of light brought an “O” expression to her lips. She even smiled a time or two.

I can’t say I watched much of the fireworks at all. Instead, I watched my daughter. I’m not sure how much detail her little 11-week-old eyes could detect, but the bursts and the colors were obviously something she enjoyed.

I’ve long admired fireworks displays and colorful displays of any kind. But, watching Chloe marvel at her first fireworks show made the entire experience fresh and joyful. It didn’t matter that we weren’t in the heart of the city with all the other celebrators. It didn’t matter that Cam had to work right up until the show’s kickoff.

All that mattered was that single moment of watching my little girl delight in something new and wonderful. It was like taking a calming tonic that left me feeling peaceful and happy.

I guess watching the world through your baby’s eyes is a gift that reminds you to slow down, savor, and really enjoy each moment.

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