Don't you wish you had the zest for life that a 2-year-old has? As the years go by it seems my life is increasingly becoming a "been there, done that" for about everything I do. It seems I used to get more excited for things.
Leave it to our little one to breathe new life into things that seem old hat. This zest for life can actually take you back to your childhood when everything was new and exciting.
For instance, if we say were are going to go swimming she can barely get a breath in with as much jabbering as she does in the car ride there. Seeing things through someone else's innocent eyes has to be one of the best benefits to parenting.
Tell her an activity we are doing the next day the night before and she wakes up reciting what you said last night verbatim.
"We're going to do this ..." comes out of her mouth with her eyes barely open in the morning.
I told her that she had to accompany me to the garden show downtown so I could take some pictures and she got excited about that. I didn't expect such enthusiasm from her to see some flowers.
She'll act the same way if we tell her she can tag along with us to the grocery store too. I never knew seeing aisles of boxed food and pushing a shopping cart around was that exciting. She even gets all jazzed up about helping me get the recycling ready to take outside.
My wife happened to mentioned these special cartoon children's plates she was getting for her birthday party and now she can't contain herself talking about this party - which is three months away.
Now the neighbors know all about these special mermaid plates she is getting and anybody else she runs into is prone to an onslaught of plate and birthday party talk.
Enthusiasm abounds in that one, I tell you.
There is a line from the movie "Knocked Up" which sums up what I'm saying, though it goes a little overboard. Paul Rudd's character, who is a father to two small girls in the movie, talks about the enthusiasm his kids have for bubbles.
"I wish I liked anything as much as my kids like bubbles," he said in the movie. "It's sad. Their smiling faces just point out your inability to enjoy anything."
Now, I wouldn't go as far as Rudd's character, who was one unhappy dude, but I do wish I had the same enthusiasm for such everyday things.
Our little one even gets excited about helping clean the house with her kid-sized broom, though her drive for that task only lasts a minute or two. Guess she gets that part from daddy.
Reporter Andrew Potter is a Tuesday columnist for the Times-Republican. The views expressed in this column are personal views of the writer and don't necessarily reflect the views of the T-R. Contact Andrew Potter at 641-753-6611 or firstname.lastname@example.org