Finding Wonder in the Small

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#Reverb10, Day 4

Prompt: Wonder. How did you cultivate a sense of wonder in your life this year? (by author Jeff Davis @JeffreyDavis108)

Wonder isn’t an experience: it is a spiritual geographical location, a destination I can choose to visit, or live in. It is exactly a “sense” — just like smell or sight. I live through it, as much I want to or need to.

The answer to this prompt is the answer to why I write here: which is to say that this year I continue my love affair with SMALL THINGS.

This is, and is not, the small things, you think.

Wonder, for me, is in the smallest bits of life.

As a human, who exists on these details… riboflavins and proteins that keep our bodies healthy.

As a local, who exists in the radius of home, which is to say in my house, with my neighbors, in my town.

As a lover, giving attention to minute corners of desire in my own life and in his.

As a mother, that 24-7 convenience human existence, living largely in the banal moments– interacting with lunch boxes and school papers that maintain them and reveal their evolving identities.

As a writer, making space to uncommon metaphorical relationships– inviting the HRH QE2 to sleep on the futon for the night, to have Cheez Balls and cocoa for supper.

As a photographer, desperate for the chance to show you the melancholy loveliness I see in each of these perfect existences.

Wonder is an essential for me. It is where the ideas come from, and also the ability to follow through on them.


Elizabeth Howard

Elizabeth writes literary non-fiction, haiku, cultural rants, and Demand Poetry in order to forward the cause of beautiful writing. She teaches and speaks about the rhetorical impact of beautiful writing. A recent transplant to Connecticut, she calls London, Kansas City, and Iowa home. 

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