Tuesday, May 12, 2015

All These Good Things

My spunky 2.5 year-old daughter looked at what she had placed on the red stool in front of her: a half-eaten apple, a full container of Gerber's Lil' Crunchies 'Garden Veggie-flavored' snacks [don't even get me started], and her beloved blanky, a.k.a. "Wobby."

"Look at all these good things I have!" she sang out, grinning from ear to ear.

What innocence! What insouciance! To exclaim out of pure joy that you've got your apple, your munchies, and your blanket, and that, yep, life is pretty good.
As we grow up, and life becomes more complicated, we lose some-- much?-- of that ability to enjoy, recognize, and express gratitude for life's simplest comforts, don't we? I love my favorite cozy throw blanket, but I don't know if I've ever called out with pure joy, "my favorite blanket, hooray!"  I also enjoy a crisp apple as much as the next guy, but I don't recall singing its praises anytime recently. I think I'll start.

I just read a children's book [for the 20th time at my daughter's demand request] called Gift of an Angel that mentions how having children lets adults appreciate the wonder of life all over again because we start seeing the world through the fresh new eyes of our kids.

That's a wonderful thought. Motherhood is much trickier than I thought it would be (unbelievably so, in fact), but it is uplifting to think of all of the positive changes-- such as this-- that have enriched my world since adding my 2 Tazmanian devils to the mix.

What have your children helped you appreciate all over again as an adult?

~Julia @ Frantic Mama

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  1. I love this Julia. I try to remember to be grateful, sometimes it's easier than others. It's weird, actually... I am acutely grateful of how fortunate we are to be in our own home and have our own space and not be worried about our children being abducted (I just read an article about 9 year old girls being abducted by ISIS, I'm sorry for the dark turn) and yet I'm still upset about ... oh I don't know, the fact that such and such a thing is not as nice as I want it to be or whatever... such stupid things, in the grand scheme.

    1. Thanks for writing, Dakota. I know you are busy with your art show! I hope it's going well :). I find that actively noticing and feeling gratitude immensely helps my overall well-being, though yes, sometimes it's harder to experience and recognize than others!


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