Today my little guy spotted what he excitedly called “The first dandelions!” We had to immediately to outside and pick as many as we could find. Teddy gives me quite a few challenges, with his tantrums and willfulness. I lose my patience with him much more than I would like. Because of our difficult moments,  I really try to embrace these moments where we’re able to bond and be in the moment with each other. He ran excitedly from spot to spot, picking the dandelions and planning who he would give them too. Of course, dandelions are weeds, but Teddy thinks they’re beautiful.

The more often we see the things around us – even the beautiful and wonderful things – the more they become invisible to us. That is why we often take for granted the beauty of this world: the flowers, the trees, the birds, the clouds – even those we love. Because we see things so often, we see them less and less.- Joseph B. Wirthlin

I read somewhere that being a child is similar to being on vacation. Everything is new and interesting. A child that just started crawl finds that everything is worthy of exploration…the remote, the outlets, the kitchen cabinets, toilet paper rolls…. We lose this wonder as we grow up and become familiar enough with our surroundings that they no longer surprise. Parisians get accustomed to the beautiful golden light, New Yorkers tune out the bustle and excitement, and adults stop seeing the bright yellow dandelions as beautiful.

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Children see beauty everywhere and in everyday things. We try to participate by pointing out bunnies, and turkeys and whatever wildlife we encounter. We touch trees, and pick flowers. I don’t feel the same excitement that the kids do, but I love watching them. Sophia builds fairy houses out of bark and sticks for her woodland fairies to shelter in.

To the kids, snow is magical, a lake is an ocean, and it’s possible to fly. Is it possible to get this wonder and appreciation of beauty back in our lives as adults? Is it possible to see the world as a child does?

Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.- Ashley Smith

On vacation, the world is new to me, and I experience what my children must have every day. The color of the sky and the kinds of trees where I am visiting is amazing to me. The buildings and streets are all interesting and unique.

I try to dance with the kids, and share in their excitement over the first snow, or a new bug. I want to reclaim these wonderful childish qualities.

What do you do? Do you take time to watch the sunset or smell a rose? Do you dance in the rain? Do you sing along to the radio? How do you harness your inner child?