The world through his eyes

Monday, July 4, 2011

I came into the office Monday afternoon to begin work on the Tuesday newspaper.

One of the first things I started thinking about was a column.

I haven't written one in a while and I've had some people ask about an update on James David.

Well, I guess I can provide one.

Keep in mind, this column was written before the July 4 fireworks festivities at Forest Park Monday evening.

Merry and I decided to take James David to the carnival Monday evening for a while to mingle with others.

Hopefully, he'll be fascinated with the fireworks and tears won't be rolling down his face from the explosions.

The past couple of days have been really fun.

James David is moving about so much more right now. It's so exciting.

While he's not crawling yet, he's getting up on his knees and hands and prepping to move forward. He'll scoot backward and move a little forward, but I'm convinced he believes he'll get there quicker just by rolling, something he does to get too and from his destinations.

His sense of humor is absolutely wonderful. And he really enjoys being around people.

For example, we went to the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department Pancake Breakfast Monday morning.

While there, James David paid so much attention to everything around him. When a person walked by, his eyes followed them from one direction to the next.

When someone would stop to interact with him, he'd flash him or her a grin.

Seeing the world through his eyes has been such a joy these past few months.

It really does bring things into perspective.

No matter how difficult the day has been, I can always go home and get that guaranteed grin, something I look forward to so much.

James David's world is just beginning. And he's taking it all in stride.

Even though it's my job to teach him as he grows up, I get the sense he's teaching me just as much.