Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Keeping The Kid In You Alive

"Think what a better world it would be if we all - the whole world - had cookies and milk
about three o’clock every afternoon and then lay down with our blankies for a nap."
- Robert Fulghum (All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten) -


I have a confession to make:
I’m not really a grownup. I’m a kid stuck in a middle-aged body; one of life’s cruel jokes.

My inner child is alive and well, which is one of the best things that has ever happened to me. Because if it hadn’t, adulthood would have dimmed all that is beautiful and awe-inspiring and wondrous and exciting.



I like to giggle and goof around, and I’m married to a man who is the same way. This is fantastic because two goofballs are better than one.



Even though my childhood was over a long time ago, playtime is still going on.



I still enjoy simple acts that brought me joy as a child.



It doesn’t take much to put a smile on my face; it’s the simple things that make me happy.



Airplanes flying by, the striking colours of a rainbow after a storm, clouds floating in the sky, the vastness of the ocean... I still retain a childlike sense of wonder.



This childlike perspective on the world has certainly made this thing we call life that much more amazing.

Is the kid in you alive and well?

* All photos courtesy of the most amazing man in the world...the other goofball. *

41 comments:

  1. YES - I say let your inner-child reign free!! Life's to short to take ourselves, or it, too seriously. I think it's awesome that you and your husband are in touch with your inner-child. If we ever lose that part of our self, life would become kinda dull wouldn't it?

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    1. Yup, set that child free! I don't know how people can live without that sense of wonder. How they go through life being so serious all the time. I'd go nuts. Life would definitely be dull that way!

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  2. I've enjoyed all of Robert Fulghum's books because his writings focus on the significance (spiritual and emotional) of the small things in life. They are really the big things in life. Kids know that and wise people know it too.

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    1. I believe that appreciating those small things is the best way to find happiness in life. We can become wise by remembering what brought us joy in our childhood years.

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  3. This is so wonderful, love all your photos and your sense of pure inner child is a treasure are we ever going to see the most wonderful man in the world, or is he camera shy....I love the way you are, the way you live and share in that joy, and i'd love to say my inner child is wild and wonderful, but even as a child, I was old. Yet I still take pleasure in the wonderful person you are...enjoy it for all its worth, magical days ever....

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    1. Perhaps not old, Lorraine, but old soul. There is quite a difference. I have shared photos of my husband in previous posts, but I'm not sure if you and I had connected yet. But one of these days, there'll be a post about him.

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  4. you look so happy Martha! Sometimes I do feel that 'inner child', sometimes.

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    1. Let it loose more often, Christine! It's in there waiting for you to set it free :)

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  5. Now you got me all smiling, Martha ...
    Love the shots!
    And I love your attitude, never lose that zest for life of your inner child ....

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    1. That zest for life will have to be dragged out of me kicking and screaming...LOL... There is no other way to live.

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  6. I like your attitude! Yes, my "inner goofball" is also alive and well. :)

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  7. Oh you goofballs are all alike! Makes life much more interesting, eh Martha?
    Great photos here!

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    1. It sure does make life more interesting. And that goofball you live with has rubbed off on you because I've seen glimpses of your own inner goofball. LOL...

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  8. Oh yes my inner child is on overload as Jim will attest to!

    Gonna git chu!!

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    1. Oh, hello fellow goofball...LOL... Yes, your inner child is definitely alive and well! Best to keep it that way :)

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  9. You have found the keys to happiness, Martha ~ keeping your inner child alive and well and never losing a sense of wonder! I'm never growing up!

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    1. I certainly hope not, Louise! Who the heck wants to be all grownup 24/7? How dull...

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  10. What a delightful post! And I'm with you when you say: I’m not really a grownup. I’m a kid stuck in a middle-aged body; one of life’s cruel jokes.'

    Never grow up, is what I say :)

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    1. You got it, Wendy. Never grow up! When that childlike perspective is gone, life loses it's glitter.

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  11. sounds like you've got the right angle on life! and I absolutely LOVE that book - one of my favorites. makes me giggle

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    1. I haven't read through it all. Only bits and pieces. Now I'm determined to go through it from front to back. It sounds like my type of book.

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    1. That is good, Adam! Don't lose that part of you.

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  13. At 74 the kid is still alive and well in me even if the body doesn't cut it anymore. I also do not take myself seriously. It's more fun that way. Don't get hung up on yourself.

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    1. Good for you, Red! That's the best way to be. It keeps you young and happy.

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  14. I always have that childish wonder and would love to live with it. By the way, all of your photographs are lovely(with long hairs and short)! Cheers!

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    1. Thank you, Chirasree, for that lovely comment about the photos. There wouldn't be any if it weren't for my husband because I take the majority of the images. He enjoys taking pictures of me, and carries a point and shoot with him wherever we go.

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  15. WHAT a cutie you are, Martha! HAhaaaa ... running and romping and blowing and all that good stuff. I read ~ heard somewhere that if you haven't grown up by the time you're 50 ... you don't have to.

    I'm glad that someone validated that! my old bones and muscles may squeak and shriek but this mind? even though it wanders off too much on its own ... will never grow old... tooooooooo curious. I still marvel at all the colors in nature.

    from reflections and animals and flowers and birds and insects and whatever else nature does ... just never ceases to amaze me ... AND the laughter of my little g'babies! man?! I giggle right along with 'em as we blow bubbles and splash in the water.

    ;)

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    1. meant to add ... that's why your photographs are so awesome ... the reflections and your eye for ordinary extraordinary things.. love it

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    2. I'm telling you, Carolyn, we are kids in old bodies. Life has played a joke on us. I'll be 50 in just a few months, at which point I don't have to grow up anymore. I'll hang on until then...no problem...hahaha...

      I can so relate to you, and I think that's why I love reading your blog posts. Your youthful, curious, fun-loving, always in awe attitude is right there in your writing. I get excited like that, too. The other day I went shopping with my 16-year-old, and we stopped in at a shop that sells body lotions and soaps and all these pampering things...and I was ooohing and aaaahing and squealing with delight while there. At one point my daughter turned to me and said "You're like a little kid in here". LOL... Yes, I was. Isn't it great? I REFUSE to become one of those overly-serious, grumpy middle aged women! No way no how!

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  16. Great butt shot. I had something else all lined up to comment about
    but then I saw that butt shot and thought, you know, my husband
    would have taken that same shot.

    Too funny.

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    1. Hahaha...you have no idea how many of those butt shots I have! I asked my husband why in the world he does that. Well, mostly because I'm always facing the other way when he's trying to photograph me. But I wonder...hahaha...

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  17. I love this post! Yes, we need to nurture our inner child and keep it alive because that makes our world a wonderful place to be in. If we loose the ability to see beauty in the simple things we won't be happy. Keith and I can be goofballs, too - and we both enjoy it beyond words because it makes us laugh those happy belly laughs together :)

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    1. I hope you continue to be goofballs together for many years to come. Staying young in spirit adds a special joy in a relationship. And belly laughs are the best!

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  18. Just lovely, Martha! The camera adores you (just like your hubby! :)

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    1. Thanks, Francie! If not for hubby, there'd hardly ever be a photo of me. I'm greedy with the camera! :)

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