Swee’Pea and TheMonk have been on this earth for over 750 days and it has rained maybe 10 times where we live. I can distinctly remember pointing out the phenomenon of rain only once or twice before and they did not remember it. I know this because it rained this morning and were they ever amazed.
As we prepared to go to daycare, I put on their coats and we headed out the door to the garage. I had already opened the garage door and they could see the light mist falling to the ground. Of course, they instantly became curious and desperately wanted to go see what was going on.
I was mindful of the time and thought about just herding them into the car. There were places to go and people to see. But the amazement on their faces made me stop and think. Instead of placing them in the car, we ventured out for a closer look.
Before I knew it we were twirling circles in our driveway while looking upwards towards the heavens. The cool mist fell upon our faces and the laughter and squeals of two, two-year-old toddlers made me feel alive with the wonder in their voices. “It’s RAINING!” shouted Swee’Pea with a sense of excitement in her voice as she tilted her head back and let rain fall upon her glowing face.
I looked at these two and marveled at how the simple things can produce such joy to a little one. It’s a lesson I want to learn from my kids. Life is not about rushing from task to task. It’s about living in the moment and relishing the simple – yet very fulfilling – things.
The lessons I learned to day?
Let’s not just take time out to smell the roses but let’s take time out to dance in the rain.
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