Monday, May 16, 2016

This video is what's great about babies and wrong with the rest of us

The baby mesmerized himself the other day.

It was his hands.

He's been noticing them for a couple of months now, and he finally realized that they are attached to his body.

I watched in awe as he stared in awe. Ben was so engaged he didn't even notice me grab my phone and film him.

Seemingly, there's not much to the video: Ben moves his hands and manipulates his fingers, staring seriously the entire time with pensive coos thrown in that loosely translate to: HOLY COW I CAN MOVE THEM! TASTY, TOO! THEY'RE MINE! ALL MINE! WHEEEEEEEEEE! OK, I'M TIRED NOW. 

But I can't stop watching this video. It is magical to see Ben discovering. It also gets me thinking about the ways I live my life, and how adults would benefit if we behaved more like babies.

Wouldn't it be amazing if we had more dedicated time for just sitting around and pondering, instead of filling all the empty moments with our iDevices.

Wouldn't it be amazing if adults were more regularly able to have this level of focus.

Wouldn't it be amazing if we took delight in simple things more often than we do.

And wouldn't it be amazing if adults took more time to see the wonder in the world.


  1. Those are some cute little chubby fingers!

  2. This reminds me of The Little Prince.

  3. So soon as I read your blog post title I thought, "Adults need to put down their iPhones!" LOL! A great reminder...and a darling video!

  4. My son is six and he is still in awe of his hands. He'll turn them this way and that way as if he's thinking... "I can twist it like this or that way. The sun makes them feel warm..."

  5. Beautiful, and your observations re adults vs. babies are especially thought-provoking when you consider that babies are known for short attention spans.

  6. That's awesome, excellent baby talk translation. My 11mo son is currently similarly in awe over crackers. I wish I was half as enamored with any food as my silly kid is over a plain cracker.

  7. Oh. My. Gosh! Way too cute. And he's got those adorable little pudgy baby fingers too... <3


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