We recently (finally!) had a sunny day in NYC. I love being outside, feeling the sun on my face, relaxing in the park. Little did I know that on this sunny day I would be a part of a young family’s “first.” I watched as the young couple encouraged their daughter to let go of the railing in the grassy area where they were playing. The first few times the young toddler simply sat down in the grass where she had been standing. The parents were seated a mere foot away from her on a blanket and had resumed their conversation, when lo and behold their daughter let go of the railing and took one shaky step and then the next. The parents must have noticed it out of the corners of their eyes, because they jumped up hugging and cheering and eventually crying. The predictable rush to get the camera ensued and the family continued with their joy.
What a privilege to have seen that momentous event! While those first steps don’t happen every day, one of the things I love most about children is that they approach so much of what we as adults consider ordinary, with the same gusto as that little girl. As parents and caregivers, if we pay close enough attention, we can share that joy with the children in our lives!