This evening, as I was listening to music from Lila Tueller’s blog, the song called Ordinary Miracle by Sarah McLachlan came on. I’d never paid much attention to it really, but this line caught my attention.
“The sky knows when it’s time to snow. Don’t need to teach a seed to grow.”
I have been marveling at the miracle of my nearly 3 year old “Mr. D.” He’s talking. In big, full sentences, with brilliant ideas all his own. “Wouldn’t it be crazy if a bird landed on that truck?” he will ask while we’re in traffic. Mr. D uses wonderful and appropriate inflection and enthusiasm to say things like, “oh, wow, cookies would be so cool!” And then he helps me make the cookies, counting the eggs and how many cups of flour we put in.
A child’s mind is so absolutely incredible. I can tell Mr. D something once, and he can know that new thing, just from me talking to him about it. Learning is just astounding. It’s an ordinary miracle that most people see but don’t even really notice much. But it seems so amazingly noticeable to me that I don’t need to teach this little one to learn and grow. He does it all on his own.
Usually, we “don’t teach a seed to grow.” But that’s what I feel like I’ve been trying to do for so many years with Mr. E, my middle son. Trying to teach him so many things that instinct–or something–“should” have taken care of by now. There are many things Mr. E can do without being taught, of course. And most of his new skills don’t even really seem taught. They just appear. I know that Mr. E is really the same as Mr. D. I’m not going to be able to teach him how to grow–he’s going to figure it out on his own just like we all do. He will know when it’s time to snow. Although, some of his growing and knowing won’t seem like ordinary miracles to me. They will be big, grand, amazing miracles!
Do you agree that it’s a miracle that a seed can grow? What Ordinary Miracles do you see every day that make you marvel?