Learning from my Grandson

Written by on October 18, 2005 in The Healing Journey with 0 Comments

Well, this past weekend was an interesting experience! I watched my grandson Friday night and then most of Sunday into the night. I wasn’t entirely on my own. His grandfather was there part of Friday and a good part of Sunday, and my eight year old helped out on Sunday as well.

And yes…I did have to recuperate… a bit.

He’s almost four months old and so incredibly alert and observant. He knows his name, and it’s wonderful to see that look of awareness and recognition when he looks at you and realizes you’re someone he knows.

Just because a child doesn’t have the ability to describe his experience doesn’t mean he isn’t aware. This is a reality, my grandson’s reality that is just as much a part of him as the other experiences he will have as he gets older, and will be better able to define and classify.

Right now, he communicates with his whole body. His arms and legs move when he’s excited or when he responds to whatever you’re saying. He leaves nothing out.

I think this is not only a stage in an infant’s life we need to respect, but a part of our mind, our whole experience we need to respect as well. To look at everything…to leave no part of our being out. Not everything is cognitive. In fact, much of healing occurs in those areas for which we have no words. But they are just as much a part of us, nonetheless.

Demian,
~DreamSinger

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About the Author: Demian Yumei, author, singer/songwriter and artist activist, uses spoken, written word and original songs in her human rights activism. "For the Sake of Love” is her collection of songs written on Demian's healing journey, and “Little Yellow Pear Tomatoes” is a children’s book she wrote for her daughter about the interconnectedness of life published by Illumination Arts and endorsed by Jane Goodall. Currently, Demian is working on recording episodes for her podcast and writing on the "Where There's Smoke Series on Covert Abuse". .

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