Sometimes a Walk is More Than a Walk
It was a beautiful, sunny day so the three of us set out on a family walk. We handed Mallie the "good camera" and let her shoot away! It's always so fun to see what she chooses to take pictures of and always interesting to see her creative angles. Kids simply see the world from their own perspective and not how they're "supposed" to see it. They aren't jaded or bored with everything they see. Mallie gets so excited to see all the "wild flowers" (weeds) and is very intrigued by the random and plentiful "mounds of dirt" (mole/gopher holes) that grace the meadows. Things that we adults are so accustomed to seeing are pretty wondrous to a 9 "basically 10" year-old child.
Walking with children allows--or should I say demands--us to slow our pace and take in the small things, the familiar surroundings, the typical sights. But when you do, and you allow yourself to see the world through a child's eyes, something magical happens. You see more beauty, more artistry, and more joy than you saw before. The weeds really do have beautifully colored blossoms and that old gate in the empty field does hold a sense of mystery and charm.
If only we could see everything and everyone through a child's eyes. I think we would be less judgmental and more accepting, less driven by our schedules and more inclined to live in the moment. We would marvel at the fast-moving clouds instead of lamenting the impending bad weather. We would make our friends laugh by pulling funny faces and hold each other's hand when crossing the street. Life would be slower, simpler, and a whole lot sweeter.
When Mallie points out the little things around her I must remember to stop and take a moment to remark on the sight, no matter how many times I've seen it before. Because she hasn't. The world is a huge place and one to be enjoyed and appreciated. It's meant to be admired and experienced. And if you've forgotten how to do that, just take a walk with a child. They'll help you remember. Chances are it'll be a long walk, but worth every minute.