First Steps, Next Steps

Our grandson Henry is now in his second year in the world, and after a month of being away, we at last got the chance to be with him again last week. One thing we learned is that now that he is walking, the game is much different. Being more mobile, his exploration and his play have expanded greatly, and that means that we have much more to experience through his eyes.

On Thursday, he took me into his parents’ office to show me a dresser with porcelain knobs that spin, and that became a great amusement for a minute or two. And wouldn’t you know it, every knob turned. Well, at least the ones that he could reach. In the same room, I found that there is a baby who looks just like Henry living in a full-length mirror. And that wee one has the same bright smile and loves to high-five his look-alike.

Henry also showed me that doors can not only be closed but also slammed. I’m not sure that he’s learned how to avoid getting his hand in the way, and when he shut the door to his room that day, his index finger was perilously close to calamity. Besides holding my breath, I am not sure how I’m going to help him with that. At the same time, he can now open cabinets, pull dishtowels from their kitchen racks, and carry all kinds of objects around the house as he takes step after wobbly step. Sometimes he finds the three-foot stick that his folks use to brace a sliding door and wields that like a light saber as he crosses the living room. Thank God he hasn’t found the on switch yet for that one.

Though he discovered it a long time ago, it seems that he is often reminded that kitties don’t like to have their tails pulled or their ears poked. And just recently, he learned that if he touches a cat’s nose with that continually seeking pointer, it comes back wet. I didn’t ask him how it tasted when he immediately put it into his mouth.

Oh, and while he has been tossing blocks and rings and puzzle pieces across the room for a long time now, he discovered last week that a squeaky ball can disappear down the neck of Grandpa’s sweater and appear at bottom as if by magic. That so amazed him that he asked to see that trick twenty-seven times one long afternoon.

Though Henry has all sort of toys and books to capture his attention and his imagination, he seems content to just figure out how his house works. He delights in closing and opening the shutter blinds in the living room, especially the one blade that has come loose and spins. He is fascinated by the refrigerator and the microwave, and he absolutely loves to gently tinkle the keys of the piano. Well, maybe not too gently.

When his grandmother and I first began caring for Henry two days a week last August, I spent a lot of time entertaining him. At this point, I’m just following him around and making sure that he and the furniture are safe while he explores. May that be his wont throughout the rest of his life, and may I always be there just behind him, seeing the world through his baby blues.

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6 thoughts on “First Steps, Next Steps

  1. Awww 😊
    It looks like there is a burden of perspective, on the journey of exploration.🙃
    I’m told of a 2yr old that used to take things apart, blow into instruments, strum the guitar all sorts of ways, slide down the stairs with plastic lids to bins, and climb. Apparently, I throughly enjoyed exploring and climbing. Especially, using the lids from plastic bins as a toboggan. Fascination, determination, grit, and also imagination produces lawyers, professors, and engineers. 😊

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    1. I can do see you doing all that, Sarah! 😊


  2. marymckschmidt May 6, 2022 — 4:45 am

    What an extraordinary gift to learn to see things through a child’s eyes! All those things normally just background clutter now important! And now, thanks to your blog, I’m noticing them too! Thank you.


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    1. We are truly blessed, and it feels good to share that with the world!


    2. To see not only moments or things but I’d say anything and everything,(Tangible and Intangible), through the eyes of a child. To live that way would be the panacea for a plethora of conundrums.

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      1. Sage advice for us all, Sarah!


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