Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Vacation fun

A few days ago we set off on our journey of our first family vacation in 4 years. Christopher was so excited, he was beside himself. He loved the airplane ride, enjoyed seeing his grammy again, and couldn't wait to see what the vacation would hold.

What I didn't expect, was to notice, just how much I have taken for granted. You see, when we moved away from Maryland Christopher was only 3 years old. So he doesn't really remember living here. I was surprised to see how many "firsts" he would experience. These "firsts" he experienced when we lived here, but didn't remember any of them, so he got to experience them from new eyes all over again. These were things I took for granted.

It started when we flew over Maryland. "Mom, Maryland has so many trees". He had never seen so many trees. And fireflies. Certainly everyone knows about fireflies. I remember as a child playing hide and seek at dusk and catching fireflies in a jar. Some of the best days of my childhood. But he had never seen a firefly.

It's so wonderful seeing the world through a child's eyes. The lesson here would be, stop and smell the roses, appreciate every moment. And try and see the world, as if you are seeing it for the first time. Drink it in, appreciate every scene and everything you encounter.

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