Sunday, May 22, 2011

Inchworm!

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?



6 comments:

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    Love, Taryn

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

    xo

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

    Another wonderful post, my friend.

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

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

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  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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