Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Wonder in Ordinary

  • “Do not ask your children
    to strive for extraordinary lives.
    Such striving may seem admirable,
    but it is the way of foolishness.
    Help them instead to find the wonder
    and the marvel of an ordinary life.
    Show them the joy of tasting
    tomatoes, apples and pears.
    Show them how to cry
    when pets and people die.
    Show them the infinite pleasure
    in the touch of a hand.
    And make the ordinary come alive for them.
    The extraordinary will take care of itself.”
    ― William Martin
I found this delightful poem on the blog Hands free Mama and just love it. 

  • It gives me endless joy when I see G enjoy an ordinary moment and we are fortunate to have many;
  • Wake up cuddles in the bed with Bella
  • Greeting the sun while we go downstairs
  • Squeezing in some play time before school
  • Spotting red cars on the way to school
  • Doing our goodbye routine - hug-kiss-jump-in-my-heart at school
  • Getting a surprise drawing of the day when I pick her up at school
  • Having lunch together
  • Playing outside - constructing a castle, climbing mountains, jump to the moon
  • Watering our sprouting garden
  • Closing our eyes for one or other surprise during the day (dress up giggles etc.)
  • Cooking dinner together
  • Doing our nails
  • Bath time fun
  • Bedtime stories and chats
  • Sending love to our whole bodies, from the toes to the top of the head
  • Saying a gratitude prayer
  • Going to sleep (still the most difficult part of the day)
And by the time the end of many ordinary days I can quite clearly see the extraordinary in that day.

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