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Just Wondering: How Do We Share Our Own Sense of Wonder with Children?: (and if We’ve Lost Ours, How do We Find it Again?)

by Nancy Rosenow
November/December 2010
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A few months ago my husband and I were on a trip near Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We mostly went for business reasons; but while we were there we wanted to squeeze in a little sightseeing, if only for a few hours. So, we undertook a quick car trip through the park and dutifully stopped at a sign encouraging us to climb a trail to a spectacular view. We knew we didn't have much time, so we set off at a quick pace, eager to reach the destination.

Halfway up we spotted a couple stopped along the side of the trail, staring intently into the wooded area nearby. They looked to be a good generation older than we were (probably in their late 70s), but they were crouching down easily, smiling at each other and pointing. As we passed by, they motioned to us with fingers on lips, and gestured toward a stunningly-colored little snake gliding slowly through the underbrush, tongue darting in and out to 'smell' the air. Just as we slowed down to watch, another couple passed by. They were a good generation younger than we, with a small daughter in tow. We motioned to them just as ...

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