Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The wonder of children

I was reading an old book and I love this quote on children:

"When some of us look at children,

especially when they are happy, we feel what the Jesuit poet Gerard Manley Hopkins was
expressing in a poem called "Spring" when he asked: "What is all this juice and all this joy?"

For us, children are the springtime, all creative burgeoning of human life.

They are not only in that springtime; they are that springtime.

Except when they are ill or hungry or in terror, their faces are fresh

free of the scars of old passions and enduring responsibilities.

They seem to breathe their own excess of vitality into the things they touch

or try to touch. Their surprise (and they themselves are surprises)

sometimes makes us older ones want to

draw close to them, the way a freezing traveler

wants to stop his purposeful voyage in order

to draw close to a warm and lambent fire.

What joy!

What excitement!

What beauty!

What delight!
Yes, the wonder, the juicyness, the blessings of children!!! YA gotta love them!


  1. Aw. That's a nice poem. Although their extra exuberance often tires me out! Love the pics. That took a lot of work!

  2. That is such a great collection of pictures...
    You little ones are so precious
    just soooo
    Love the young Dad looking side ways at the baby...who is looking sideways right back at him (o:

  3. Awesome! Kids are like springtime! Everything is so fresh and new to them!

  4. OH~~These are pictures are just priceless~~They are just so cute!

  5. Oh, those pictures are the best! I think my favorite (though hard to choose) is the one of Rhi and all the dolls.

  6. Wonderful pictures and words!

  7. Oh my goodness!! I do love children! Your little blessings are so pretty! :)


  8. Oh, Kim, this post is just precious! I love all those precious little faces and watching them do their little kid stuff! Thanks for popping in to see me.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  9. Oh, I love the Jesuits! My son is being educated, inspired and loved by them. Yes, I think that college loves their students.

    Beautiful children and I get the best of the best enjoyment watching them grow up.