I: Innocence – What It’s Really Like

Innocence | WIRL Project

This post is part of a series titled, “A-B-Cs – What It’s Really Like”. Each week a new letter and its word will be revealed. Each word’s explanation will illustrate significant personal meaning, application and ultimately demonstrate, What It’s Really Like… 

This week I was blessed to witness the birth of my second son. Beyond the pregnancy preparation and build up to delivery there is a substantial amount of clarity that I have cherished experiencing when looking into the eyes of a newborn. 

Thoughts on Innocence:
Superman underwear and blanket capes
Neighborhood backyard baseball, football games
Summer bike rides for transportation before driver’s licenses
Childhood heroes
Santa Claus, Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy
Snipe hunts in your Uncle’s bushes
Holding hands and sneaking your first kiss at recess
The voice of a father reading “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” on Christmas Eve
The uncontrollable giggle child being tickled
The expensive toy and the priceless box
When it’s homemade
Monsters in your closet, lava around your bed
Blanket forts
A child and his first pet
Wearing Daddy and Mommy’s shoes
Hug and a kiss to make it all better
“Do you like me?  Yes, No, Maybe – Circle One”

The seasons of innocence:
The stillness of morning before the sunrise
The calming of daytime winds at sunset
The untouched ground after new fallen snow
The birds’ song of an awakening spring
The peepers/crickets’ song during the spring
The soft, steady summer thunderstorm rain
The crisp, fall breeze through a wind chime
12:00:01 on New Years’ Day


Rather than live in fear of all that can harm my children in the large world of the unknown I am eagerly anticipating all my boys have to look forward to.

Today I am walking straighter, speaking clearer and seeing farther. Today I am a father (again).


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