Childhood Encounters

I took these shots of a bubble-blower and the children around him. John O’ Donohue describes childhood in the most beautiful way. He says:

Childhood 1

“It is the forest of first encounters to which we can never again return. We have become too used to the world; wonder no longer animates us as it did then. There is so much we can find out about the magic of our souls by revisiting these memories of first acquaintance. Never again do we experience so directly and powerfully the surprise and the fresh tang of novelty.”

Imagine what would happen to us if we began to look at things as if we had encountered them for the first time.


About Don

I love life. Sometimes it makes sense, other times not. Discerning its underlying patterns and beauty always provides great reward and meaning and is a passion I ineptly follow. I feel deeply attached to nature and love the sea with its distinct moods and colour and find walking along its beaches wonderfully inspiring. Writing, sketching and photography is a sheer joy for me and the blog is one of the places I am able to express these pursuits.
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18 Responses to Childhood Encounters

  1. darrelhoff says:

    I like the new look of your blog 🙂


  2. Don says:

    Thanks Darrel


  3. It is such a gift to be able to watch when a child sees something for the first time. The spark within that is triggered from the new experience. Things we all take for granted like tasting a new food, or food for the first time. Touching grass or sand for the first time…it is magical. Great post, Don. Once again, you have made me re-examine thought process and the world around me.


    • Don says:

      Thank you LLBG. Really like what you say. Funny how we simply forget our experiences of small things and to see children experience them just makes us realize that. Appreciate your words. Thanks again.


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  6. nrhatch says:

    Reclaiming our sense of “alert curiosity” turns the NOW into the NEW . . . but I find it helpful to having a sprinkling of kids around. Their sense of wonder is contagious. 😀


  7. russtowne says:

    :-D! Wonder-full!



  8. ladyfi says:

    I’ve often thought this as I see my own kids discovering the world.


  9. Heather says:

    One of my favourite things is to just watch little ones explore life !


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