Did you do something new today?

Did you do something new today?

Something that yesterday you couldn’t do, or wouldn’t do? Something that tomorrow will seem easy and unremarkable but today…today it’s a big deal.

Something that took every corner of your mind, body and self to muster the strength to do? Something that felt ugly and awkward to attempt, but thrilling and joyful to have accomplished?

Did you?

She did.

8 week old baby, batting a toy

She reached for a plastic parrot with an uncertain tremor of a swipe and watched it swing in response. Her eyes got a little bigger and she breathed in-and-out in-and-out in-and-out in anticipation of doing it again. She furrowed her brow and kicked her legs and reached again. And again. And there were fewer tremors and more sighs of satisfaction.


In a few minutes it was over. Tomorrow it will be easy for her, and barely noticeable to me. But today…today it was a big deal.


Did you do something that was a big deal today? Something new and first-time scary? If not, might we have something to learn from this twelve-pound teacher? This round and curious barely-person whose every day is so new, so overwhelmingly awesome it moves her to tears?


I think we might.

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Now, I don’t expect most of you to spend two minutes watching a video of my infant stare at a plastic parrot. But, for posterity, for faraway grandparents, and for her daddy who missed this one, here it is:


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5 Responses to Did you do something new today?

  1. Bryan Powers March 15, 2013 at 2:33 pm #

    Thank you for capturing that. You would think that these milestones would be less meaningful for me too, but being far away and knowing this will be the last first time she does just that, it is hard…

    • Mike Powers March 15, 2013 at 8:39 pm #

      By now, you know how special it is for us to be able to share these incredible moments. Once again, you have captured it perfectly. Thank you, Sarah.

  2. Lisa March 16, 2013 at 7:37 am #

    For Me, another lesson learned from this little “12 pound teacher” is to notice, be aware, take time to look carefully at the miracles of every day life. It would have been easy to miss this miracle; the reaching for that incredible plastic parrot; the effort, the focused determination of one little baby. Thank you Sarah and baby for the reminder…

  3. Granny March 16, 2013 at 12:45 pm #

    Oh my goodness – thank you! It brings me to tears and I love the way you captured the moment and made us all reflect on the miracles. Take time, take time…. oh how fast we are to forget. She is so beautiful.


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