This is how my dog sits all day. She sits in the picture window, staring outside, wondering what is happening out there. Sometimes as I am working, she will sit up, ears perked up, totally fixated in curiosity at something going on outside. She doesn’t bark. She doesn’t want out. She is just fascinated by something going on outside. I will often stop to go look out the window with her trying to figure out what she is fascinated by. Birds. Squirrels. Sometimes a truck that is going by. Sometimes a person.
I am grateful for her wonder. That may sound weird, but sometimes I feel like I’m stuck doing the same things – day in and day out. I don’t spend enough time just watching something with the wonder and fascination of a child or, in this case, a pitbull. And in those moments when I stop to see what she is finding so interesting, I notice things. Like the birds coming to our feeder are not the typical sparrows – but finches and wrens and the occasional blue jay. Like we have two different kind of squirrels trying to figure out how to get to the bird food – grey and brown. Like that the hummingbirds like to dive bomb the other birds so they can dine alone at their feeder.
Wonder is something we need to do more of – as a people.
I am thankful I am still in a space where I realize those moments – and savor them.