The Willow Tree has dropped all of it’s leaves and the yard is full of these brown and yellow treasures. (the brown does not refer to the poo post, by the way) Today Evalee and I played outside in the leaves. We’d throw them up in the air and watch them fall. She would run through the bare branches of the Willow Tree, testing out this whole new environment that used to be green and full of ‘hidden rooms’ created by the draping branches. Each time I’d throw a handful of leaves, Evalee laughs in delight. Lately when she is anticipating something fun, she smiles her brilliant smile, and clasps her hands in fists and shakes them. (Oh, I did not explain that well at all.)
People, I don’t know what to say but ‘get a grandchild, have a baby, spend time with a friend’s little one, or a niece or nephew” * Then play with them. Watch their awe and wonder as they discover new and delightful things that we sometimes take for granted. Or do things with them that we forget to do most the time.. like throwing fall leaves up into the air and laughing as they float back down. (They smell so lovely, too.)
It’s that little smile, that pure joy in the moment that I am so in awe of. and can learn from. Thanks Evalee for being such a brilliant mentor.. you do know how to live the moments grandly!
*that’s not ‘coach’ talking, that’s Nana Grama. The Coach in me would never advise you to have a child, or to have anything.. Coach would be asking the questions to help you make your choices.)