Think about the incredible delight of biting into a cold, squishy grape and experiencing the wet sweetness that fills your mouth…or what about the startling sour first bite of a Sour Patch Kid candy that morphs into chewy sweetness….or the multiplicity of flavors that we graze through on Thanksgiving Day? Using our senses to taste is a wonder, an aspect of pleasure, and another characteristic of experiencing beauty.
The goal of exploring the everyday beauty, wonder, and pleasure that God created is this: It is a way to build an infrastructure that can hold the awesome idea of the great miracle of intimacy (when we get to it). Appreciating the beauty and wonder of our bodies is a foundational concept for children to grasp. Having laid this as a base, it will serve as a bridge. Children will be able to expand the discussed ideas to make room for the beauty and wonder of it when they are presented with “The Talk” at the age of eight.
Running free with her classmates, little Zoe zipped up a grassy hill behind three of us teachers, talking. One of the teachers was her mommy. When I waved to Zoe, her mom turned around, which brought Zoe in a quick tumble to her mommy’s side. “Hi, Mommy!” she laughed as they exchanged hugs. Then, Zoe was off to play.
As I watched this delightful interchange, I saw that I, too, am part of the same cheerful moment with my lovely daughter, Judith, who is now grown and working as a nurse. On her way home from the hospital, (while she’s running up the grassy hill) she often calls me just to say, “Hi!”, and sends me her warm and cheerful love and laughter. I am so glad to perceive not only that the joyous interchange I was appreciating was mirrored in my life, but also to recognize that these moments of love aren’t gone when our children are grown.