She slips her little feet into her new rainboots with my help.
We head outside to our unofficial therapy, our reset, the surreptitious cure for bad attitudes and restlessness.
I watch her watching a bug, a bird, a truck, her siblings.
She sniffs the mums and shrieks at the katydid.
Taking her in more than I take in the news…it’s good for me.
My delightful counterbalance to all things crazy.
Her blissful simplicity in place of my hyper-awareness;
Her eagerness to be captivated by beauty when it can’t seem to get my attention;
Her easy arrival at a smile, when mine is more hard won.
Her relentless pursuit of fun when my own energy is depleted.
This year with her – her tiny hand in mine, through her eyes, at her pace – is exactly the reminder I need. Don’t forget to look up…look around. There is still mercy and grace and beauty to be found. Childlike wonder does a heart good.
(New rainboots don’t hurt either.)
**This post originally appeared on my instagram @shanna.leigh