Food for Thought Friday: Awakening Childlike Wonder

by Jennifer Miller on December 27, 2013

in Favorite Things, Food for Thought Friday

An unexpected gift brings out the kid in me.

An unexpected gift brings out the kid in me.

For Christmas, I received this figurine of Amy Farrah Fowler, a character on the TV show the Big Bang Theory. I had put it on my Christmas list as sort of a joke. But when I opened it, something unexpected happened. I really liked the toy. A lot. As we opened the other gifts, I held tight to Amy, unwilling to set her down. I kept looking at her, giggling. Thinking how silly that a woman of my age should be so tickled over a toy.

And then it hit me— this feeling — it was the same sensation that I had as a kid when I received a new toy. That sense of excitement, of anticipation. Of wanting to clap my hands in delight and just revel in being. And frankly, that’s a pretty foreign thing for me. A friend once told me, “Jen, I think you came out of the womb as a thirty year old.”

Amy now sits on the desk in my office. She’s there to remind me that it’s OK to be a kid again.

Food for Thought: what makes you feel like a kid again?

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Beth Kelly December 27, 2013 at 8:36 am

What fun Jennifer! I just started to watch the show with my college student son. I plop on the couch and tune out my to -do list for 30 minutes. What started as an effort to bond with my kid has turned into a reminder that vegging out is not all bad. Thanks for the expanded insights!

Jane December 27, 2013 at 9:44 am

Every time I am doing anything with my grandkids I am a kid again. They are amazed that I sit in the floor to play games or just watch TV, can walk briskly, ride a bike. I take none of this for granted. I am blessed to have kid genes that I had in the womb and they have never left me.

Jennifer Miller December 27, 2013 at 10:04 am

Beth,
I learned of The Big Bang Theory from a friend who also has young adult children. It’s so cool to learn from our kids!

Jennifer Miller December 27, 2013 at 10:05 am

Jane – love it – “kid genes”! :-)

Kathy January 7, 2014 at 2:26 pm

Jenni,
Such a cute picture of you!
“revel in Being”
such a good reminder to enjoy the moment–we never know what is just around the corner, what changes could happen in a day, or a year.
miss you

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