A Little Perspective
Our Blog: Word on the Sidewalk
A Little Perspective
Simple joys are powerful. A smooth new pen or a delicious cappuccino can brighten my whole day. Our current environment of safe at home social distancing measures calls for small joys more than ever. I’ve found the same to be true of parenting: taking care of littles is HARD work, so I need to appreciate every bright spot. Thankfully, my two toddlers who bring the chaos also inspire wonder and joy. I love seeing the world through their eyes. It helps me pause to appreciate things I’ve long taken for granted, especially the magic of the outdoors.
We live in a city, so nature is hard to find. Before I had kids, I walked right past the small park in our neighborhood. I was busy dreaming of vacations where I could go hiking in mountains or swim in the ocean. Now I can spend an hour wandering through that tiny park. My boys are thrilled to pick the beautiful yellow flowers (yep – dandelions). They call a corner the “forest.” It has one tree. A very nice tree, but hardly a forest. Still, if my child is thrilled to visit this tree, who am I to dismiss it? My boys collect rocks, dig holes, search for pinecones, and climb the “big” hills. I had no idea all of this nature was so close to home. And I never would have discovered it from an adult perspective. But when I slowed down and sat in the grass to supervise my toddlers, I began to appreciate this tiny slice of the outdoors. I feel calmer when we play at the park. More relaxed. I am able to truly enjoy the park when I experience it from my children’s point of view.
It is easy for me to get caught up in the stress of daily life. This was true even before we worried about every trip outside. Often I’m exhausted and don’t want to deal with another argument about how horrible it is that my kids to have to wear pants in public, but it is always worth it to get outside. When we finally load up the wagon and reach fresh air, I am always calmer and happier. Even if we only do a lap around a city block, I’ve learned that standing in the rain or watching an excavator can be a big adventure, as long as I share a little’s perspective.