saving my life: toddler edition

When I take a walk, I walk. I don’t stop every few minutes to investigate. I don’t pick up rocks in the parking lot. I don’t examine every stick. I don’t discard one acorn for another, then discard them both for a pine cone. If I notice a rock, it is only to kick it. I generally keep moving while I look at trees (and maybe flowers if they are really showing off). If I am looking down while I am walking, it’s probably (let’s be honest) because I am texting.

But suddenly I am the parent of a toddler, one who has lots of energy to burn. When the weather cooperates as it has so kindly this week, we walk to the school where Daddy works and we run in our backyard and we explore the path behind our house. We hug trees, we hike with big sticks (I know he is too little to hike, but, oh, it looks like he is hiking and it is too funny for words), and we get dirty.

It has been a long time since I paid attention to sticks and acorns and rocks. I had forgotten what fun it can be just to be outside. This week, what is saving my life is seeing the world through the eyes of a toddler. What a wild and wondrous world it is. There are so many things to see.

What is saving your life this week?

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