I got to spend the whole day yesterday with my granddaughter. Since her sister has been so sick, she needed to just get out of the house and give her Mommy a break too. I just love how she sees the world as a almost 5 year old. It truly is refreshing, and makes you stop and realize some of the small and yet important things we miss as adults.
We first had a picnic in the front yard. She kept saying "Nana, I love the sunshine", "I love this day", "isn't this the greatest day ever?", "let's go find sticks" don't you just love being outside in the sunshine?" Picnics are so much fun, aren't they?" "I love strawberries" "we should do a picnic more often Nana"
It just made me think about all those wonderful, small and yet important things that maybe I don't get as excited about any more. She was so excited and grateful for everything. I think it is important not to lose that kind of appreciation and excitement and we grow up and get busy. Maybe that is one reason God gives us grandchildren...to help us remember that? Well...it worked!
My dad gave me one dollar bill
'Cause I'm his smartest son,
And I swapped it for two shiny quarters
'Cause two is more then one!
And then I took the quarters
And traded them to Lou
For three dimes-- I guess he didn't know
That three is more than two!
Just then, along came old blind Bates
And just 'cause he can't see
He gave me four nickels for my three dimes,
And four is more than three!
And I took the nickels to Hiram Coombs
Down at the seed-feed store,
And the fool gave me five pennies for them,
And five is more than four!
And I went and showed my dad,
And he got red in the cheeks
And closed his eyes and shook his head--
Too proud of me to speak! ~ Shel Silverstein
The world is as many times new as there are children in our lives." ~Robert Brault
"Children are unpredictable. You never know what inconsistency they're going to catch you in next." ~Franklin P. Jones
"While we try to teach our children all about life,
Our children teach us what life is all about."