Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Wonderment.........


I watch Poppi.......was I ever that small.......it seems the blink of an eye brought me into the adult world. She studies one area for many minutes........a wasp has died, her sharp eyes found it. She sees the little things.

Fascinated I watch her move around the copse.........carefully putting food on the ground for the birds.

She hides some underneath the logs, so that the shy birds may find the seed......


Her tiny hands gently giving..........
lost in her own little world.......a world full of wonder.........
Always finding time to stop a moment, to look and learn.......
If a child is to keep alive her inborn sense of wonder without any such gift from the fairies, she needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with her the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.
I still have the child in me, do you?



44 comments:

Dawny P said...

You two really are kindred spirits - I think that's lovely. I love all the pics Cheryl but the last one for me is just gorgeous. She is lost in her own little world, bless her heart. She is a real nature girl isn't she. And how nice that she is already looking after the creatures you share your space with. She's a very special little soul xxx

Michelle said...

I am covered in goosebumps reading this post, to pop over to your blog and step back and see Poppi in a totally different way to how she is at home, is just wonderful. Two precious beings wandering,daydreaming,caring and sharing time together...
To see my daughter following in my mums footsteps - what more can I say.
Thank you for being the best nanna they could ever wish for,
Mich
xxx

Lisa at Greenbow said...

My heart leaps every time you feature you precious Poppi. I do hope you are printing and binding these wonderful pages for her. What a treasure it would be to present to her when she has her own little fairy to admire and love while flitting around the garden.

Rose said...

Cheryl, Poppi is so lucky to have a Nana to share her sense of wonderment with her.
I always love seeing your photos of Poppi; she reminds me of a garden fairy flitting about, spreading her magic.

I just read Lisa's comment--that is a wonderful idea; I do hope you are saving these for her.

Nature Nut said...

So precious. Isn't it great how our gardens can capture the minds and attention of our children and grandchildren? If only more people opened this so-called door for their children, and showed them the wonderment of nature!

marmee said...

i love seeing poppi in your garden, it's like seeing you years ago. i believe we can all tap into our inner child but what better time to do it than with one of our own children/grandchildren. it allows us to really be ourselves, silly, fun, whimsical, all child like behaviours that sometimes are lost in adult moments...i love sharing the garden with the little ones.

Sue said...

A beautiful post lovely to read, great piccies of Poppi, what a great garden for her to explore n learn, luv the piccie of her on the swing. I bet she luvs spending time with you, sue.x

Mimi said...

I love your Poppi posts. It is hard at times to reclaim that childlike ability to continuously discover. I think in this way, I am still childlike. I love asking why and finding out how things work and noticing the little things. Give her a hug for me.

Cheryl said...

Hi Dawny.....I to like the last photograph....she looks so tiny....so far away.....

Cheryl said...

Dear Mich....It is not a one sided journey....I now walk the path to old age, dear Poppi teaches me to see things through her eyes. I am willing to listen and learn.......

I am proud of both my grandchildren, they have a good Mum who is teaching them well......

Cheryl said...

Dear Lisa.....there will be much for both my grandchildren when the time is right. I am a collector of nostalgia.....it will be a treasure trove for both of them......
Thank you as always for your lovely comments.......

Cheryl said...

Dear Rose.....Poppi has a wonderful connection with the garden....she walks it freely and with feeling.....
Little Riley is at school now but when he comes the garden is so important to him. He loves to be out there.....
I am blessed that both my grandchildren have respect for the outside world....I hope it always stays with them.....

Cheryl said...

Hi Nature-nut.....I could not agree more...I like to think that things are changing.....

Cheryl said...

I agree Marmee....the garden is the perfect place to just 'be'.....
I love to play hide and seek with the grandchildren......
My world is so much better with them in it.....

Cheryl said...

Hi Sue....yes Poppi loves to come visit....I have her every Wednesday, it is our special time together.....

Cheryl said...

Hi Mimi....I often see a childlike quality in some of your posts and I find that most delightful......
Thank you for your lovely comments......

Libby said...

Definately lol!! a wonderful post Cheryl.

Cheryl said...

Thank you Libby....glad that you enjoyed it.....

NCmountainwoman said...

What a beautiful post. There is nothing like the wonder of a child discovering nature. Poppi is one lucky little girl to have you to guide her.

Q said...

Dear Cheryl,
Yes, I do.
Tears of joy and gratitude. Thank you for sharing Poppi. Thank you for nurturing the inner child in all of us.
Namaste,
Sherry

Cheryl said...

Hi ncmountainwoman.....to watch Poppi is a joy....I never tire of the simplicity....the quietness about her......

Cheryl said...

Dear Sherry....You are welcome. I am glad to share her, she is a beautiful child inside and out.

Gail said...

Yes, I do, too Cheryl...she helps me move about in the world, dance with the garden and delight in the creatures. I hope someday to be a grandmother and have my own little grandchild who will hide seeds for shy birds, notice the small things and delight in dancing in the garden. A beautiful post Cheryl and the loving words of your daughter just make me tear up. Gail

Eduardo Miguel said...

- Á cada click uma foto... á cada foto um viva a vida selvagem que ajuda a despertar para a necessidade de darmos mais valor a vida e á tudo que nos cerca, preservar é o verdadeiro sentido da vida e devemos ama-la, em cada foto sua publicada uma história que recebe o olhar de pessoas do mundo inteiro, você faz sua parte com suas histórias, parabéns sucesso e continue a contá-las...
Viva a vida e vida longa aos que á respeita, saudações do Brasil!

- To each click a photo… to each photo an alive a wild life that helps to awake it for the necessity to give to more value the life and to that in the fence, to preserve is the true one felt of the life and must loves it, in each photo its published a history that receives the look from people of the entire world, you makes its part with its histories, congratulations success and continues to count…
Alive the life and long life to that it respects it, greetings of Brazil!

Ruth said...

A beautiful, whimsical post!

Cheryl said...

Dear Gail....I to hope that one day you have a grandchild....it is the most beautiful experience...

You will have so much to give to a little life.......

Cheryl said...

Hi Miguel.....Welcome.....thank you for your most beautiful comment....I shall remember your words...

My father travelled to Brazil as a young man....it holds many lovely memories for him....he talks about it often......

beckie said...

I Think I still have the child in me. Having ther granddaughters certainly help keep it alive. Isn't it wonderful to see things through their eyes? To share in their wonder of them world and nature- to feel their compassion for all living creatures and plants.

Your Poppi is blessed to have you to nurture her love of the garden and it's creatures. You will teach her musc and she will learn. But she will also teach you.

Thank you for sharing such precious times with her.

Sue said...

Hi Cheryl
I have left you something on my blog, your tagged, sue.x

naturewitch said...

How gorgeous! Poppi is a like soul, isn't she? So great that you two share such a bond. xx

Eduardo Miguel said...

- What it seemed an assumption
was confirmed atravéz to me of its visit, its commentary, its moving, sencíveis words and generous, our children our future omundo needs more people, congratulations thus and very, thanks a lot, one I hug great of Brazil….

Miranda Bell said...

This is a lovely posting - I look back often and treasure the times I spent with my Granny in particular in her garden and outdoors as well as my Mum too - time spent is a precious thing and not something people have a lot of these days which is a shame.... but spending time with children does help you re-discover all those things you did when you were younger too... great isn't it! Keep having fun! Miranda

Cheryl said...

Hi Beckie....I was a little worried about you...glad you have popped over...

I learn from the grandchildren everytime I see them....I expect that you do to.....they open our world, make it shine just that little bit more.....

Cheryl said...

Hi naturewitch....Poppi is a little soul....I am not sure where she goes sometimes.....quiet places with secrets......

Cheryl said...

Miguel.....thank you......I am honoured.....

Cheryl said...

Hi Miranda....it is a special time....on my pathway to old age I am learning a great deal......time with my grandchildren is precious.....I have much to learn and much to give.....

Believe me I enjoy every single moment spent with them.....

Have a lovely weekend......

Graceanne Grateful said...

What a wonderful post and such great pictures of your precious Poppi. She is so blessed to have you to teach her about the beauty of nature and about the birds.
Oh by the way, I love that swing - wish I had one like that out at my pond !
All of your posts are so marvelous and I'm sorry that I can't get to comment on every one of them.
Keep up the good work and God bless you,
Graceanne :)

Cheryl said...

Dear Graceanne....how lovely of you to come visit. Poppi is a darling and we have such a lovely time together. The swing chair is a favourite spot for Mr P...a few cushions and a nice cool drink and it is somewhere to have a nice nap when the day is too hot.....

I hope that you are keeping well.....

Wendy said...

Oh yes I do! And your title says it all. Seeing the world through the wonder of a child is a most precious gift. And you have recorded it with your camera, and shared with all of us.
Thank you.

Where has the time flown?
Gentle hugs

Cheryl said...

Hi Wendy....where indeed has the time flown.....sometimes it is just a little bit too scary!!

SweetAnnee said...

That's what makes life fun!! the child in us.
What a sweet gal..my grandson is a birder and
a gardener helpler

I love Nature

Mary said...

You and Poppi are perfectly matched. Oh, the photos tell such a sweet story of a little girl who will always wonder and be kind to nature. She's very special, Cheryl, as are you. We should all treasure the child in us.

Hugs,
Mary

Betty Jo said...

Oh gosh yes, I still have that child inside. It's been a struggle lately finding her, but find her I will.

Your granddaughter is precious and your post today is very inspiring. Thank you Cheryl! xoxo

Anna said...

It's certainly a different and valuable perspective being able to see through the eyes of a child. Wishing you many happy hours with your grandchild Cheryl.