Fiona and the lemon
The sight of exploration and discovery in a 7-month-old infant is mesmerizing. Fiona’s sensory receptors are working at top speed – so many new sights, sounds, smells, tastes, textures. Some elicit intakes of breath, squeaks and high decibel coos of wonder – dogs, peonies in full bloom, seagulls flying past. Her little fingers touch pavement, polished bronze, bark, grass, sea stones, ice, and in her face you see the workings of her highly absorbent brain, taking it all in.
Of course, “taking it all in” is largely performed by mouth. Fiona gamely takes food offerings from her parents’ fingertips. The scene recalls a baby bird reaching up to Mama bird. Today, Nellie gave Fiona a lemon slice. Not all explorations lead to delight, but that’s part of this magnificent journey. How else will those elaborate facial muscles learn to communicate delight and disgust so exquisitely?
My 60th year in 60,000 words
Day 295: 143 words, TOTAL = 48,977; 11,023 remaining
6/18/2020 04:05:04 am
How fortunate we all are not only to watch this new little person in our family make discoveries, good and not so great — but to have a grandmother who can document these adventures in such beautiful words!! Thank you, Robin!!
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Robin Clifford Wood is an award-winning author, poet, and writing teacher. She lives in central Maine with her husband, loves to be outdoors, and enjoys ever-expanding horizons through her children, grandchildren, and granddogs.