When I look at a patch of
dandelions, I see a bunch of weeds that are going to take over my yard.
My kids see flowers for Mom and blowing white fluff you can wish on.
When I look at an old drunk
and he smiles at me, I see a smelly, dirty person who probably wants
money and I look away. My kids see someone smiling at them and they
When I hear music I love,
I know I canít carry a tune and donít have much rhythm so I sit
self-consciously and listen. My kids feel the beat and move to it. They
sing out the words. If they donít know them, they make up their own.
When I feel wind on my
face, I brace myself against it. I feel it messing up my hair and
pulling me back when I walk. My kids close their eyes, spread their arms
and fly with it, until they fall to the ground laughing.
When I pray, I say thee
and thou and grant me this, give me that. My kids say, "Hi God! Thanks
for my toys and my friends. Please keep the bad dreams away tonight."
When I see a mud puddle I
step around it. I see muddy shoes and dirty carpets. My kids sit in it.
They see dams to build, rivers to cross, and worms to play with.
I wonder if we are given
kids to teach or to learn from? No wonder God loves the little children!
Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you may look back and
realize they were the big things.
I wish you Big Mud Puddles and
Sunny Yellow Dandelions!