The Awesome Post On What Adults Can Learn From Childlike Wonder That Will Never Be

I spent almost an hour tonight writing a really great post to go with today’s video (at least I thought it was good!)  It talked about how much we adults have to learn from our children….how they can help us regain our must needed sense of wonder, and curiosity…and why it’s so important for us to hold on them.  Trust me, you would have liked it! (I think…)

Just as I was about to hit the publish button it, I lost all my work.  Yelp, almost an hour’s worth of writing gone down the drain.  Vanished into the abyss of all great lost documents, never to be seen again.  I should know by now how important it is to save your work…..often, but I still take the risk.  And my computer sometimes wins.  Oh well.  That’s how it goes.

down syndrome baby learning to use straw

"Hmmmm...What's this?" - Noah

I will quickly say I enjoy watching Noah grow and develop. Like today for instance, he had no idea what a straw was, but he keep going, kept pushing forward, until he figured it out.  I like that.

There are lessons to be learned by watching how a child interacts with his world.  Lessons we as adults must learn (or at least re-learn.)  Lessons I’m to tired to retype tonight…. 🙂  But I’m sure I’ll come back to it in another post.

baby down syndrome playing with a cup and straw

"I know I'm supposed to do something with this..." - Noah

baby with down syndrome first drink drinking straw

"Ahhhh, so this is what you're supposed to do with a straw!" - Noah

Random question; have you ever lost anything on your computer because you weren’t ‘saving’ as often as you should?  Was it your final exam?  The excel spreadsheet you spent all night working on.  Or maybe it was a bunch of pictures from your last family reunion. Frustrating, huh?  Tell me about it. I want to hear! 🙂

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About Rick Smith

Hi, I'm Noah's Dad and I'm passionate about giving the world a window into our life as we raise our son who was born with Down syndrome. I also enjoy connecting with other families, so let's stay connected.


  1. I like straws…they help lazy people drink. 🙂

    • And they are good for kids! (Seriously, I had no idea until becoming a dad how good straws are for oral motor development.) You learn something new every day. 🙂

  2. Or just as frustrating…when you are trying to download something and you get to 98 or 99% and then the computer shuts down. WHAT?! WHY?! Just take a deep breath and go on…. LOL!

    • @Kim,
      I know…ugggggg..I hate that. It happens all the time when I’m trying to upload videos. It gets to 98% then just hangs there……and I have to do it all over again! #FirstWordProblems. 🙂

  3. The video was very cute but it was so hard to concentrate when Noah’s little baby toes kept popping into view. Seriously…. that kid’s so cute from his spiky blonde hair to the tips of his toes. 🙂

  4. I am a volunteer librarian for my boys’ school. DH and I have bought all the books ourselves, so the kids have them. I decided rather than buy three of the same book, I would catalog all the books.

    And I didn’t save it to a disk, and my computer crashed and I lost it all. ALL. 3,500 books or more.

    I then used DH’s macbook and a new program to catalog books.

    And we were getting ready to save it to disk, and online, and yes, it crashed, again.

    I’m about to get out a card catalog index, seriously!

    • @Mandi,

      Oh no….so sorry to hear that! That’s so nice of you to help out like that. You children’s school is lucky to have an awesome volunteer like you!

      By the way, the card catalog reminded me of the dewey decimal system…! I remember actually having to go manually look up books when I was in high school! Wow…..

  5. I must say that I have never had that problem happen to me, but then again it could have happened and I just don’t remember it happening. Oh well, such is life and that is why I have Josh and his two older siblings

  6. well, even though you lost your writing, I think we all get what you would have said. It is so amazing to see how their little minds work. My husband was just saying to me he can’t wait for PJ to crawl just so he can see where he wants to go to and what interests him. They are amazing. And I agree about Noah’s cute little toes!

  7. …HAHAHA…joke’s on me…I typed up a response, and guess what? Yep…computer ate it…thank goodness I went back and it was still on my initial screen…so I copied it, and here’s the paste…if it ends up a duplicate, just erase one of them…thanks…

    I work from home, and my work computer has it in for me. At least once a year, we find out that information I have put in throughout the year has vanished into outer space. For the last 2 years, I have spent from right around Thanksgiving or early December until Christmas or New Years re-inputting information that has been lost in the cyberworld vortex/black hole. I definitely know how frustrating this is. I wouldn’t wish this on anyone…sorry it happened to you.

    Oh, and could Noah BE any cuter if he tried? I’m totally mesmerized by his bright eyes. Thank you for opening your lives to open so many peoples’ eyes.

    • @BethAnn

      Oh no…! Luckily it was still on your screen though. 🙂 Won’t you be glad one day when all computers everywhere do exactly what you want them to do all the time!?

      Thank you for the kind words about Noah. We totally agree. It makes it hard to get anything done around here with that cute face looking at us all the time. 🙂

  8. I’m the opposite Rick. I’m so paranoid and hit save so often that I will write something on a piece of paper, and then want to make sure that I “save” it. The sad thing is this has happened more than once!

    I did once lose 10 months worth of personal email when I thought that folder was backed up as I reformatted my hard drive. Now I download mail to my computer via POP, but also have a copy of every outgoing email bbc’d to gmail, and incoming mail has a copy forwarded to gmail, so I have it in the cloud as well. I wonder what the next way is that I’ll mess things up. =]

    • @Keri,

      Figures..! 🙂

      You strike me as the kind of person who would be on top of all of this kind of stuff! Maybe you can give me some lessons on my processes……I’m in constant need of help. 🙂

  9. Scott and Vanessa says

    Well, I better type as fast as I can so I don’t lose this either. HA! I think everyone knows what your heart was going to write. This is a good thing.

    Noah, and every other child out there, regardless of special needs or not, certainly has a neat view of our world. I often wonder what Enzo is thinking at that very moment. He has such wonder in his eyes. My favorite is when he just stays at us….the love is just pouring out. It truly tugs at our hearts. It’s such a beautiful moment.

    Looks like Noah really wanted to know more about that straw and what was inside the cup. I sure hope he was able to find what he was looking for!

    • @Scot and Vanessa,

      It sounds like you got my point. 🙂 It’s sad how us adults often loose sight of our sense of wonder and curiosity. It’s so important for us to continue to see life through new lenses. To keep our sense of playfulness, ask questions about the things in our life, etc….

      I hope Noah, and Enzo, and all of our kids keep that about them their entire life!

      You guys are doing such a great job. So glad to be on this journey with you!

  10. Love the pic with the little toes in it!!! How many times a day do you kiss them! I grab Em’s til she gets mad and pushes me away.

    as to your question. A couple of summers ago we went camping. All was just perfect til the computer died. The motherboard! We lost EVERYTHING! All my husbands work, all our photos taxes everything! I felt like we didn’t exist anymore.

    Luckily the campground owner directed us to a friend who was able to save almost everything. All I cared about were my photos!! of course my husband was sweating bullets about all the other stuff that made up our lives! Scary couple of days!! My husband now backs everything up! And i got my photos back!

    And sorry you lost your post. I hate that. 🙁

    • @Stephanie,

      Camping with a computer… that sounds like my kind of camping!!! 🙂

      I’m paranoid about loosing my photos / videos. You are right that is the main thing I would be concerned with loosing. I backup all of that sort of stuff to ‘the cloud’…I use an online backup program called ‘crash plan’ it’s great because it backs up everything online, and I don’t have to worry about it!

      I do a local backup on my mac with Time Machine, but if our house caught on fire, or someone broke in, the back up hard drive would be long gone. Backing up online makes sure those photos stay safe! It cost a few bucks a months, but the security I have knowing that all my photos / videos are secure is worth it.

      I’m glad you were able to get your photos back…did it cost you guys a pretty penny?

  11. libby Holmes says

    Hey Noah and Abbie!!! I can’t say I have lost anything, sorry, Rick!! hope it doesn’t happen again!!! xx

    • @Libby,

      Wow Libby….you are a real computer pro…!!!

      By the way, you really should receive a reward for being such an awesome Facebook fan that they gave you a time out! Love it.

  12. I just wrote a post on a similar topic last week:

    Geared more towards business lessons…but very similar stuff.

  13. I love the way our kids teach us so much. In fact this has given me a topic for my blog. What I do with blogs is I write them with good ole pen and paper and then type them into the computer, usually in MS Word which periodically autosaves, then I cut and paste into my blog. I suppose I’m a bit paranoid about stuff like that, it comes from my dad who got into computers in his 60’s in the days when floppy disks were 5 1/2inches and DOS was the opporating system. Back then it was automatic to save things because of the low capacity of storage space on computers.
    Anyway our kids teach us so much, from the wonder of discovery, to the pure love they give, to a million other things. Mine teach me to slow down and enjoy the moment, to just be in that moment in time, with them.
    As always Noah is just so adorable, I would just love to play with his little baby toes and his belly and nose and just love on him.

    • @Kim,

      Wow pen and paper….what are these things of which you speak?? 🙂

      Yah, MS Word normally works well, I also really like a program on the mac called iA writer which is GREAT! It’s actually “impossible” to loose anything when using iA writer as it auto saves in real time (if you are using Mac Lion) so it’s great!

      But I end up being lazy sometimes and write the post in the backend of my blog..which isn’t wise because things like what happened today happens. When will I ever learn…. 🙂

      And thank you for the kind words on Noah, I agree. He is a real cutie.

      By the way, do you have a Gravatar?? If not you should grab one —–>

  14. I think I’ve maintained my sense of wonder pretty well through the years. However, I’ve noticed when Caleb stops to check out an acorn or open something that’s closed, I find myself getting irritated that we’re getting off schedule. I’m thankful for the days when we have time to explore; I’m usually the first in line!

    The other day I wrote a blog post on my iPad (which I’ve not had good luck with, but I wanted to use a photo on my iPad ). It posted to the wrong blog, so I took it down and reposted, but it didn’t work! By the time I realized that, my work was gone from the iPad. So I Googled my first blog and selected “Archive” from the Google options, and sure enough, there was my post, archived by Google! Copied/pasted, and all was saved. I felt like a genius.

    • @Lydia,

      Wow, that is awesome (and a little scary) that google already had the post archived! Good for you, and yah you should feel like a genius..that’s awesome!)

      What app do you use on your iPad for writing? (And do you use an external keyboard?) Abbie and I both have iPad 2’s but mostly just use them to browse the internet, use Facebook, etc….. I’m not sure if you have ever heard of iA Writer, but it seriously one of the most awesome apps ever. The app autosaves in real time, syncs between mac and iPad, and is an all around awesome writing app. You should check it out.

      And you seem like the creative type (I think you mentioned you were a designer, right?) which means you probably like to take time out to have fun! I totally get what you are saying about getting off schedule. Noah’s young now so we don’t deal with to much stopping and looking at acorns, but I can imagine how important it will be as he gets older to learn to let my schedule flex sometimes….it’s easy now that he’s a ‘baby’….also, we only have one little one (for now) and I’m sure having more than one is a different ball game!

      By the way, how many children do you guys have? If I’m reading your avatar right, it looks like 2?

      You guys rock!

      • I don’t do a whole lot of writing on my iPad, so no keyboard. The blog posts were using the Blogger app, which I do not recommend. It could be so much better! Thanks for the iA Writer app recommendation. Looks like it may be handy for whenever I write my memoirs. 😉 I use my iPad for the same as you, but I also use it as my mobile portfolio, and take it to clients to show them their images and make orders.

        I was a full-time designer until my kids were born. Now I freelance a little, but do more photography than design these days. (

        We have two kids: Caleb, 3 yrs, and James, 17 mos. They’re the coolest kids on the planet. 🙂 Two is definitely a different ball game, but it’s a fun one.

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