What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?



The New Yorker

Today, I’m pleased to share with you a lovely short documentary film by The New Yorker, Walking Before Walking, a baby’s first sensations of the natural world. I started watching the film expecting a lot of predictably cute oohing and aahing, but it’s quite a bit more deep and thoughtful than that. This dad (plus two dogs, and occasionally mom) explores the Ch’ich’iyúy Elxwíḵn (AKA the Twin Sisters) mountains in Vancouver through his baby’s eyes. He says he’s not there to teach the baby, just to show him things and let him learn on his own.

The filmmaker, Adam Amir, is one of the Squamish people, an indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest Coast, so the film has a beautiful through-line of respect for nature and spirituality. The whole video made me feel calm and optimistic, and I hope it does the same for you. Spoiler alert: babies learn the world by touching and tasting, and this baby’s father lets him do all the things, no matter how stupid.

In stories like this, when people go up into the mountains, you want something to happen. But [traveling with] a baby, I want nothing to happen. I don’t want adventure, at least as I used to have it. I just want a nice walk to get where we’re going or somewhere worth getting to, and then to turn around before a tantrum starts.”

You can watch all of The New Yorker documentaries on YouTube.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

10 thoughts on “Firsts

  1. Every year as I grow older and older the cold hurts more and more. But, I would love to join to them on their walks in the mountains and the snow. The old forest. Love the Bald Eagle getting a fish. This post today will stay with me for a long time. Totally enjoyed it. Hal

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  2. This is good and interesting. I’ll finish later.

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  3. How lovely. I know I will watch it again.

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  4. What a beautiful film. I was a bit nervous at some parts, but the love the father has…I knew he would never put them in danger.

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