My son peeled his banana and noticed the shape of the peel resembled a nose. When he looks at something for the first time, he sees it with fresh new eyes. There is not one picture or experience in his mind to relate to it and make sense of it. There is no meaning attached, it doesn’t have to fit in some mental box. He can just look at it as a child, wondering about what he sees and what he can do with it.
The next piece of fruit was an orange and suddenly with the nose gone before, it looked like the exact shape of a mouth. The look in his eyes was fabulous, as was his smile.
It made me laugh and I felt happy.
Afterwards it also got me in thoughts about the mental images that I carry. Old experiences with eating and that food is not for playing. Impressed by my parents on me. Now there is this playful four year old that looks with fresh eyes at the peel. Of course you can play with it.
He makes me look at my ideas that have nothing to do with the present, but I have become this meaning making machine that needs concepts to understand the world and how to deal with bananas.
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. Albert Einstein