Friday, March 18, 2011

Let Your Baby Touch Spring

Spring is just beginning where we are, but I am so longing to be outdoors, in the sunshine, barefoot, with flowers blooming all around, dazzling my wondering eyes. The burst of spring documented in this post won't be here in New England for six weeks or more. But I can experience it now through the eyes of my nephew, in this posting from last spring.

Take me outside! Take me out of the stroller or sling and let me touch spring!

Let me feel grass on my skin.

It prickles.

It tickles. It makes me curl my toes.

Let me reach out with one finger to touch this eye-popping, velvety red azalea.

I love it.

I love this leaf so much I want to pull it off, put it in my mouth, and find out more about it.

I bring my hands together, gently, gently, to touch these candle-like blossoms.

I stroke these soft iris blades.

And when you bring lilac close to me, I am amazed. Light, softness, and fragrance. I'm going to need a nap after this. And my dreams are going to be breathtaking.

This adorable little butterball is my nephew and Godson. I love him. Take your baby outside like his Daddy did, and let him touch spring.


L. ROSS said...

Great idea. I did this with my own kids. But I worry about a neighbor's baby next door. They don't take that child outdoors enough ! I highly doubt she's ever sat on grass, I'm guessing she's 8 or 9 months old, maybe more. It's none of my business of course. But, I remember taking my kids on walks nearly every day ,pushing the stroller...and letting them find out what nature was by getting into it...

Amanda said...

I remember this! Thank you for sharing this again, its too precious. I love fat little babies.

much love

Beth said...

I love fat little babies, too, Lori! And I get to see my nephew tomorrow for the first time in many months. I can't wait. I hope it doesn't take long for him to get used to me again. love, Beth

Beth said...

Dear Lori,

I feel sorry for children who aren't put down in the grass or on the ground, too. Of course, you have to be ready to pull some pebbles out of their mouths, in most cases, but they need all these opportunities to touch. Also, it puts everything into perspective. Imagine how it would be to see things, before you even understand what they are, going by your eyes like a movie all the time. Since babies learn by touching, they must have the chance to touch! It is so good for them, and wakes up their brains to the beauty and meaning of things all around them. I know my parents let me grovel around on the ground when I was a baby, and I let my babies, too. I even let them get muddy! They are so thoroughly washable, after all. Beth

Nicole Vangen said...

Make ME want to be a baby again!

Simply beautiful Beth!

Namaste, Nicole

Twisted Cinderella said...

I plan on taking my girls outside to enjoy spring as soon as the snow goes away! (I plan to get plenty of photographic evidence too!)

Beth said...

You have something wonderful to look forward to, Twisted Cinderella! love, Beth

Beth said...

Me, too, Redbeet Mama! Imagine how much more time babies spend feeling dazzled and amazed! love, Beth