For the pre-K-1st graders we meet on the Tour, we’ll be giving away a copy of Everywhere, Wonder, our picture about the importance of noticing and appreciating the beautiful and interesting things to be found wherever we go.
The point of our school presentation for this age group is that there is joy to be found in finding and sharing the things that fill us with amazement, excitement, and wonder.
And that, if you pay attention as you move through the world, such things can be found wherever you look—from the undeniably grand (the moon and the pyramids, for example) to the seemingly ordinary but still quite remarkable (the sky at sunset and ants on the sidewalk).
On July 9, I walked out onto bluff outside our cabin on the Alaskan tundra a was greeted by this pure white rainbow, the first and only one I’ve ever seen.
Here’s a shot from 2:31am on July 12, looking out our bedroom window in Alaska. I’m pretty sure it doesn’t need a caption.
I found this image in my library and was briefly confused before realizing it’s a photo my pocket took without my permission. I love the colors and textures and gauzy, illegible message in the sky. But the thing I like best about this image is its accidental origin, as if it willed itself into existence.
I have cited four examples of things I think are wonderful, but four is not sufficient proof of wonder’s ubiquity.
If we’re going to tell the children that wonder is everywhere, I feel we should also prove it to ourselves.
To that end, I’ve decided to revive our long-dormant Everywhere, Wonder Instagram and Facebook accounts, posting photos of the grand and small treasures our family spots as we travel the country in the year ahead.
Spoiler alert: this won’t be hard. Wonder really IS everywhere.