A conversation with a very observant 3-year-old...
(Walking outdoors yesterday into a very mild, slightly breezy, sunny day. On our way to do errands.)
Sydney: "It's just a beautiful day, Momma."
Me: "You are so right, Sydney."
Sydney: "It's warm and sunny."
Me: "Yep, it really feels good out here doesn't it?"
Sydney: "Yes, it does."
(And then driving down the road towards our destination.)
Sydney: "Roll my windows down."
Me: "Why, Sydney?"
Sydney: "I want to see the clouds up close."
(I rolled the windows down.)
Sydney: "I see a cloud. It's a circle."
Me: "Very cool."
Sydney: "I see one that looks like a camel."
Sydney: "Do you see it, Momma?"
Me: "Well, it's kinda hard to study the clouds while I'm driving. Why don't you just describe them for me?"
Sydney: "There's one that has one line and another line across it. It's a cross."
Me: "That one sounds neat."
(Continuing on our way, doing errands and finally arriving back home. Leaving a little while later, to pick up the girls from school.We walked outside once again.)
Sydney: "It's just a beautiful day."
Sometimes it takes a three-year-old to get past the humdrums and the everyday routines. Sometimes it takes one of my children to remind me that I need to stop and "smell the roses." Sometimes I need to be reminded of these things--more than I really realize. And sometimes I just need to breathe a little "thank you" for them.
And as Sydney made me stop and look a little bit more closely yesterday to the "important things," I thought of this song. As a child, Dad and I often drove around together and sang songs. This was always one of our very favorites (and, even today, there is no better way to make my Sunday than to have this on our music list at church). It just puts a smile on my face and a little crack to my voice (also a little laugh at the word "disco" above Cat's head. It was 1973, after all!)
Enjoy... and have a beautiful day!