:::A Second Glance:::
On my short bike ride to the park this evening I really tried to slow down and take in all that surrounds me in nature. I tried to imagine I was looking at things through a child’s eyes, seeing and discovering for the very first time. I absorbed every sound and smell and feeling and sight that I could. I heard trucks passing by, birds singing, insects buzzing… I heard toads croaking and it made me giggle as I imagined them belching the alphabet and the parent toads scolding them for bad manners. I really started looking at things as though it were my first time ever seeing it… or hearing or smelling it.
I took a deep breath and inhaled the scent of fresh manure… and I actually kind of liked it. As I peddled along I heard a cow grunting. I stopped just in time to see it pee. This was a true first for me. I was amazed at how it’s tail lifted straight up and was perfectly parallel to the ground… and I don’t know for sure, but I’d say several gallons were dispersed within seconds!
I stopped to smell the flowers along the trail… but I heard God’s voice and obeyed! 😉
I did gently touch a few though… just to feel the smooth, soft petals on my skin. I admired the design of each petal and how they attract insects and animals to the flowers… a flawless design!
The perfectly planted crops drew me in… the greatness of the size was intriguing. My mind wandered quickly as I heard a horse whinny…
My heart felt happy. I tried to imagine what I would think that noise was if I were hearing it for the first time. Then I thought of how sad it would be if I could never hear that beautiful sound again.
Two little rabbits raced in front of me. I looked up and saw a huge electrical tower. It seemed out of place here, although I am grateful for it’s contributions.
Looking down, I wondered what a rock was, that is, if I were just seeing it for the first time. I stared at the organic shapes, touched a few, and put one in my pocket for the ride home – a little souvenir to prove to others that I have explored nature and my stories are true… these things DO exist!
As I reached our driveway I stopped to take a photo… our kids were outside playing and my husband working. I remember the first time I saw this house. I loved it and wanted to stay here and make it our home.
Then I saw my dirt-covered babes laughing together on the front steps. I will always remember the first time I saw them…
And now, I have a better appreciation for their excessive “why” and “what’s that” questioning. I’m looking forward to exploring together and helping them discover those answers along their journey! I hope they always wonder… and always wander!