How much of our every day lives do we take for granted? Do you ever stop to feel the texture of your keyboard when you type? Or find yourself putting your mouth on the grocery store cart handle to get a sense of what that might be like? When was the last time you picked something up, turned it over, banged on the bottom of it, turned it back over again, dropped it, picked it up, banged on it and screamed? Probably not recently enough.
Watching The Munch is like watching someone on acid. Whoops… What I meant to say was, observing The Munch discover the world is a chance for me to stop and see just how magical this place called planet earth is.
Granted, if I thought a place mat was as fascinating as The Munch, I would never get anything done, but I do think there is something to be said about seeing the world through the eyes of a baby. I find that most of the time, I am so lost in my own head, I don’t really notice the world around me. Or, I am so used to world the way it is, I don’t take the time to remember how complex everything really is. When you think about it, how amazing is a spoon!? What a crazy invention that shovels food into your mouth, sparkles when clean, and you can see your reflection in it.
Just look around your room and imagining seeing everything for the first time, not particularity concerned with function, but more the form. A computer with all its lights and buttons, the smooth tactile nature of a table, the fabric of a throw pillow… and those are just man made. Imagine the intricacy of nature and going outside! No wonder The Munch tried to eat a dead ladybug. If I didn’t know better it would have looked both crispy and delicious!
I am not saying that we can expect ourselves to have the endless fascination of a being who literally is experiencing the world for the first time, but I do think that there are moments where it is meaningful to connect to the wonder of it all. Sober moments mind you… sober moments.
(Yes Munch… the Ipad is amazing!)