"Starshine" by Theodore Sturgeon (1966)
"Their eyes were full of wonder, each at the other, and together at the world. They seemed frozen in a full-to-bursting moment of discovery; they made way for one another gravely and with courtesy, they looked about them and in the very looking gave each other gifts - the color of the sky, the taste of the air, the pressures of things growing and meeting and changing."
"Starshine" is a collection of short stories Sturgeon wrote in the 50s. The stories in this collection vary in quality, from the amateurish to the excellent.
I don't have the book in front of me at the moment, but there's a story about human reptiles, a story about a haunted house, and three or four other stories that fall more firmly into the realm of science fiction. The first two stories are quite stupid, but at least they're short.
The standout here is the "loverbirds" story, which is really trippy and excellent. It must have shocked people at the time, and even now seems (to me) like a story that most sci fi magazines wouldn't publish.
Sturgeon was an interesting guy, and his books are worth searching out. I also own his "Venus Plus X," which I have yet to read. After reading "Starshine," I'm really looking forward to that one.