Alphabetical Emotions: Wonder

WWonder is a wonderful thing. Wonder as an emotion is probably akin to surprise and possibly the awe that people experience when they experience something rare or unexpected.

Children see most of the world with wonder. When they are born they have seen nothing and as they become increasingly aware of their surroundings they see new things every minute. Each one they see with wonder. As they have so many new and unexpected experiences occurring most children do not see the wonder of nature. Those wonderful views that stop us in our tracks.  I can remember taking a disadvantaged eight year old on a road trip to the snow. I was expecting wonderment at the white vistas before us but they were totally lost on her. Instead she was taken by an Enid Blyton book that I had resurrected from my childhood for the trip and my brother’s baby. I remember my disappointment at her lack of view appreciation but her wonder was that she was for once the centre of attention. No-one had ever read to her before. That was something to wonder at.

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

Even at twenty odd views don’t mean much. My husband tells me that on his arrival in Australia as a ten pound migrant from England that he was put up in a hostel on Cremorne Point. He took me to show me and I exclaimed in wonder at the glorious harbour views. He told me that he and his friends didn’t appreciate them at all for the time they were there.

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

As one gets older one has seen much more and the sense of wonder diminishes. Having children sometimes allows you to see things through those children’s eyes and the wonder returns. For me the wonder has never left. I’m still inquisitive and I still see the wonder in the world and I sincerely hope that this never changes.

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014



About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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11 Responses to Alphabetical Emotions: Wonder

  1. Wonderful post Irene 😉
    We may never forget to wonder and enjoy the beauty around us.


  2. tchistorygal says:

    I think sometimes I didn’t appreciate the wonderful things I saw as a child, and sometimes children don’t. They don’t always understand what or who they are seeing. I wonder if adults have to prime the wonder pump sometimes. As an older person, I find myself appreciating the wonder of life even more than I did as a child.


  3. M-R says:

    That is a lovely post, Irene – and I hope it doesn’t, too, I doubt it ever will.


  4. A delightful post, wonder – fully illustrated. Since I retired, my sense of wonder seems to have returned. Slowing down, with kids living thousands of miles away in opposite directions, gives you the chance to find your wonder again.


  5. Sherri says:

    It is a precious thing to retain a childlike wonderment and yours certainly shows through Irene. I love it when I see my robin in my garden, I am excited all day. It’s lovely to share that 🙂


  6. greyzoned/angelsbark says:

    fabulous post! I too wonder at scenic views. I like seeing breath-taking scenery…and sometimes those breath-taking views can be in your own backyard if you just look. So glad to hear that your sense of wonder hasn’t gone away. I think it’s sad when someone loses that sense of wonder. Your photography is magnificent too!


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