Sunday, May 22, 2011


Poor little inchworm
with all his inchworm traits,
crawled onto the yard stick
but he was only seven-eighths.
“It’s because of your posture”
his mother did say,
“There’s a hump in your back
that just won’t go away!”
“I forgot about my hump!”
he said with a laugh,
then he stretched himself out
to an inch and a half.
~Charlie Parant

"Look, Mommy! He's moving!"

If I am a woman who celebrates small beauties, who revels in the common magic that surrounds us and waits so patiently to be noticed, I have my mother to thank.

My mother, who stopped to pick trilliums in May. My mother, who caught fireflies in a jar to hold under our quilt at night. My mother, who laughed with glee every time we brought her the treasure of an inchworm, found twirling at the bottom of a thread descending from a tree. I learned to cherish the quirks of nature from her: to run outside every time there was a rainbow, to celebrate each new bud and flower, and to stop to take it all in.

Now that I am a mother, busier than I have ever been in my life, I pause to thank her for these lessons; when has stopping for a moment to breathe and appreciate this wonderfilled life meant more than it does now that I have children with whom to share it?


  1. Hello! I just discovered your blog today! I love this post so much. I can tell we have a lot in common. Here's my blog:

    Love, Taryn

  2. Lovely post... and I have left you a couple of responses to your comments over at webloomhere!


  3. Oh my word. That last photo. PRICELESS! The wide-eyed wonder. Perfect.

    Another wonderful post, my friend.

  4. Loving that last photo...her eyes tell the whole story!

  5. Violet's eyes just pop! Love these precious moments with our little ones. They just make life worth living.

  6. Fantastic photos!

    Today, my kids and I went for a walk and I encouraged my daughter to bring her butterfly catcher. What a thrill this was for her and all the beautiful creatures we were able to catch and getting a closer glimpse of. We let them go, of course - but it was fun to catch them! We also found tadpoles, minnows, leaches, and snails at a nearby swamp. It was a delight for the senses! Such simple pleasures that cost us nothing but a little bit of time...worth every moment. ;o)


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