I went to Deer Springs Park with my sweet fellow mama friend and her kids. The spring weather was beautiful amidst the crazy winds that come with it. That day, we were blessed with a gentle breeze. I noticed the trees there, and how much they had grown since I first came to this park years ago. They were begging to be climbed. They had such perfect branches to rest in. I said “Who wants to climb the trees!” to the kids, and before I knew it, three trees had happy climbers.
Just watching the kids laugh and be happy up high in a tree was a gift for me. Remember when you didn’t have to worry about bills, meal planning, and just plain adulting? The days were open for wonder and exploration. These kids teach me so much in their innocent joy. Yes, I still have to adult, dang it, but I can also slow down and notice the simple things that bring me happiness. I’m trying harder to be aware of my surroundings, to look for the gifts, and to slow down. It’s a constant struggle to do this, but I’m trying.