She led us on our walk today, with no agenda and no time frame. We walked, stopped, looked, talked about what we saw and then walked some more. Enthusiastically, she loaded her bucket with leaves and miniature pine cones.
What she loved most of all were the slugs. She wanted to know about their Moms, Dads, brothers and sisters. She's my animal loving, spunky, thinks-outside-of-the-box girl. She stretches me like I never imagined she would. She makes me want to create more moments where I never say "hurry", "we need to go" or "come on!"
It's strange to me that we want to grow our kids imaginations and teach them to explore and learn, yet we're always rushing them from one thing to another. When I'm rushed, I don't feel like I'm fully able to appreciate something or be fully present. How much more are my kids not fully experiencing things when I'm rushing them all the time?
This morning, watching her kneel on the sidewalk and talk sweet to the slug ---letting her just be and not rushing her, vowing to myself that I won't say hurry for an hour, because for some reason, I struggle with that. I know it sounds cheesy, but it was totally the best part of my day.