Seeing Everything Through New Eyes

Nora Daniels |

First things first, in March I welcomed a baby girl into my family. We named her Saoirse, pronounced seer-sha. It means “freedom” in Irish. So it’s quite fitting that I get to tell you about her the week of Independence Day!

In my neighborhood, we celebrate the third of July. I look forward to the day every year that the roads are essentially shut down and my entire peninsula is full of people in great moods enjoying gorgeous weather. This year was made more special by celebrating it for the first time with my daughter and husband. My husband has had to work the past several years on the 3rd and 4th of July but this year he got to celebrate with us.

I love fireworks but was nervous that a baby would not handle them very well. I bought her ear protection and had her bedtime trending a little later for the past week (you could say I like to plan ahead!) so that she would hopefully get to enjoy them with us. I wasn’t actually sure she was going to be able to see that far away, but I am very happy to report that she LOVED them. She was in complete awe of the beauty and did not even jump with their thunderous booms.

I must admit – I only watched maybe 5 of the fireworks. Instead, I was absolutely mesmerized by my daughter’s eyes lighting up as each one burst overhead.

Each day I get the wonderful opportunity to experience something I’ve done for years but with a new set of eyes. Everything is exciting when you’re looking at it for the first time again. Maybe it’s the sleep deprivation of having a newborn – but I highly recommend taking a moment to look at something as if it were the first time. Your results may surprise you!


The author of this article is Nora Daniels, Financial Planning Assistant at U.S. Wealth Management.