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  • Writer's pictureMolly McTernan

The Innocence Of Earl Grey


If you know my family at all, you know that we have quite a few pets living in our house. One of our latest additions is a kitten that my parents surprised my little sisters and I with for Christmas. Because of his coloring, we named him Earl Grey, and he's brought many laughs to our family!

From knocking over vases, sneaking around corners, jumping off couches, and even (somehow) getting attached to fly tape, he's quite the mischievous little guy. However, he does also have a sweet, curious side, and that's what I want to focus on today.

Every single night, when I go into the bathroom to brush my teeth, he follows me. The water always comes out of the facet the same, but for some reason, it memorizes him time and time again. At a glance, this might seem strange, but I've actually learned something from him:

Do not loose your wonder.

As humans, I think that it is so easy to just go about life focusing on the big and glorified instead of the small and mundane. Yes, we have little tasks that we do daily, but what would happen if we looked at those tasks with wonder instead of dullness?

I was reading my Bible, and Psalm 131 (NIV) seemed to almost jump off the page.

"My heart is not proud, Lord, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content."

The Psalmist talks about becoming calm and quiet, and that's what really stood out to me. Perhaps if we only focused a little more on the small and here and now, the usual with fresh and excited eyes, we'd learn to be more content.

We take so much for granted. The people that we spend our days with, the freedoms we have each time we leave the house, the very air that fills our lungs. Let us not push aside the fact that there are little miracles all around us.

Now, just to be clear, I am not saying that we can't have or strive for big goals. Those are good to have. However, I am saying that I think there is something to learn from Earl Grey and his fascination with running water. Would you agree?

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Autumn Grace
Autumn Grace
06 jul

Aw, this was really sweet. :)

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Melody Polar
Melody Polar
01 jun

I loved this post! It is a topic I have thought about for a long time, because true wonder is something that seems to have gone by the wayside in the modern age. I hope that the wonder I feel for the simplicity of the Gospel and God's love for me will never be diminished. And perhaps God will continue to use special things, like your cat, to remind us to be calm and take pleasure in the little blessings He sends our way. Thanks for the reminder, Molly! God bless you!❤️

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Molly McTernan
Molly McTernan
03 jun
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Thank you so much, Melody! Yes, I agree with you - I almost feel like people are starting to loose their hunger for wonder.

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