A friend of mine once said the best thing about being a parent is that you get to re-live your childhood but get to experience it through the eyes of wisdom. The joys are breath-taking and leave you feeling satisfied, sublime. The sorrows, although heart-breaking at times, encourage more empathy on your part and at the same time allow you more perspective on your own past hurts.
I particularly love to watch when my children experience new things. Their first taste of new food. Their first dip in the ocean. Their first rollercoaster ride. First trip to the zoo, a museum, and viewing of Disney's Epcot fireworks display.
Then of course there is the first time they see an anatomically correct Rhino statue.