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Lessons from a dancing baby

After patting down my almost four-month-old son, I let him air dry for a few moments.

standing jHe used those moments to dance. He’s learned many new moves in the two months since I first posted about his love of movement, so it was a joy to witness everything he’s since learned he can do with his body.

“Life is good, huh?” I asked him. He beamed and cooed at me, his version of “yes,” before flailing some more for emphasis.

“You’ve got a bed to lay on, a pillow to rest your head on, a cozy outfit, and Mommy and Daddy hanging out here with you. What’s not to love?” Flailflailflail.

Saying it out loud, I was struck by how simple his list was. His exuberance wasn’t inspired by anything costly or novel, but by the presence of loved ones and simple day-to-day artifacts of human life. In that moment he had–in all moments he has–everything he needs.

I want to live like that. I want to be so involved in the beauty of this moment that I forget any other moment has ever existed or will exist.

Not every moment will be full of typically “wonderful” things, but every moment can indeed be full of wonder.




  1. July 25, 2014 at 6:03 am

    Children have a way of allowing us to see the wonder in the ordinary. You will have many more moments like this. I’m glad you see how beautiful they are.

  2. July 25, 2014 at 6:45 am

    such a beautiful sentiments and such a beautiful little 4 month old :). Thanks for sharing his photo! So glad you are in the moment, and enjoying every new experience with him 🙂

    • July 26, 2014 at 6:49 am

      Thanks, Robin! I get so few wakeful minutes with him on the weekdays that the weekends have become about soaking it all up. It was sweet to see on a weekday, too; to just stop and breathe in all the goodness.

  3. July 25, 2014 at 7:50 am

    How interesting, I was experiencing the same thing this morning, not with a baby but within myself. The joy of being alive and at home, (a place of comfort, familiarity, peace and love) without concern for any extenuating circumstances. I think babies are naturally practicing Buddhism.

    • July 26, 2014 at 8:55 am

      Unfortunately, the zen of it left me only a couple of hours later, but I came back to it in the evening. Better with practice, right? 🙂

  4. nicciattfield
    July 25, 2014 at 8:36 am

    So cute! And needs are so simple. I think we’re trained (or advertised) out of realizing what they really are, and we get frustrated and confused. Yet beauty’s everywhere, love is something you can’t earn, and to watch your dancing baby must be one of the greatest gifts in life.

  5. July 25, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    And he, and the rest of your family, makes your heart sing (and dance). Which is wonderful.

  6. July 25, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    He is soooo beautiful, Deborah. You done good!

  7. July 26, 2014 at 6:28 am

    Okay, that made me tear up – what a beautiful lesson! I’m currently working on minimizing my life, and this was a great reminder that I already have all I need!

    • July 26, 2014 at 8:59 am

      Thank you for saying so. ♥ I am trying to remember this more often; the more I do, the more content I am. Sending love and best wishes!

  8. July 26, 2014 at 10:04 am

    Don’t you love an ordinary day with a happy baby. I was just thinking about my childhood yesterday and wondering what it would have felt like to have an ordinary day like other families have and you brought it back for me today. Thank you for letting me sneak a peek at that beautiful happy baby.

  9. July 26, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    All I can say is that I look at this photo and feel LOVE.

  10. July 27, 2014 at 4:44 am

    Your son and my grandson are nearly the exact same age, they also have nearly the exact same happy on. I love this one, makes me just want to dance with them both!

    He is a lovely one.

  11. August 1, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    Babies are so joyful! It only takes a simple moment like this to help us remember our own joy in the world.

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