Letters to Tom — Wonder

Dear Tom:

  First and foremost – Happy Birthday! I don’t know how you feel, but birthdays seem for me to be coming faster and faster. It seems as we grow older, time accelerates proportionately. I hope you  did something special yesterday. We will celebrate it again, when you visit in a couple of weeks.

  I read recently the following phrase – “ Never question the truth of what you fail to understand, for the world is full of wonders.” I thought of this saying as I watched my two year-old granddaughter playing last night. Everything she touched or held was filled with wonder and excitement. Every taste, smell, or object is a chance for exploration and adventure. Her youthful innocence is a true joy to this grandfather.

  So I found myself asking, “how do I become more like Lyla at my age? Are there wonders still out there for us?” And of course there are. Just last week viewing a pristine snow covered valley made me marvel. There are many objects of wonder that we experience over and over, and although not new, like a new toy in Lyla’s hands, still amaze and fascinate.

 In the love of a child for a parent, or a parent for a child, we see a small glimmer of the greatest wonder of them all. We don’t necessarily understand it because it is beyond understanding. We cannot lose it, and the world cannot take it away, for it is a wonder that is not earned or possessed. The wonder is — God’s unconditional and continual love for each and every one of us.

 Your friend, Webb

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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