If you want to find every bit of schmutz (translation: dust bunnies and other crumbs) in your house, have a 14-month old visit.
If you want to be reminded of the wonder of electricity, watch the face of a 14-month old when you flip a light switch on and off.
If you want to discover muscles you forgot you had, play with a 14-month old for two full days.
If you want to see the beauty of the wind in the trees, look out the window with a 14-month old.
If you want your heart to melt, get a hug around the legs from a toddler who nuzzles you when she is ready for a nap.
If you want to experience your heart in your mouth, watch that toddler walk like a drunken sailor past a glass and wood coffee table.
If you want to experience the full range of human emotion, spend 15 minutes with a 14-month old who goes from joy to frustration to laughter to curiosity to tears in that space of time.
If you want a smile, give a 14-month old a bite of a sugar cookie. Yum.
I had the pleasure of all of this, and more, over the past four days. It is also why my blog post is so late. I admit to being tired, physically, mentally and emotionally. I am also reminded that there is a reason we have children when we are young. But, it is all worth it. To be a grandparent is a privilege and I am keenly aware of that. I will treasure memories of these days.