Sunday, May 18, 2008

On Being A Child...

I had a most delightful experience this afternoon. I went to the park, sat on the ground, and watched my children, ages 6-17 climb an enormous tree. My son told me it was a sugar maple. The branches were perfect for climbing and massive enough to hold them all at once without a sigh.

After awhile, I called my six year old over and began to show her how to make a chain with clover flowers. I was thrilled that I figured out how to close the chain. As we were finishing the first chain, my little one said, "I'm going to remember this forever." Goodness, how that touched this momma's heart!

We made chains for some time, teaching my other children how to do it, also. Then, four little girls, ages 5-7, came over to see what we were doing. I offered to teach them, too. None of them had seen a clover flower chain before! It was a tender moment for me as I passed on a "skill" of girlhood to all of these children, my own, and the others.

I wonder how much has been lost on this generation and the last.... I always wanted to learn jacks, but never had anyone to teach me. I always wanted to learn to shoot marbles, but never had anyone to teach me.

I am aware now that I must think about these little things, simple pleasures, simple pastimes, and pass these along to my children along with the many other things that I teach them.
Bless God for this wonderful afternoon and wonderful reminder of how pleasant the little things can be.

Carpe diem!
Seize the Day!
Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

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  1. I was sitting here yesterday thinking about making daisy chains when I was a child. Great minds must think alike Laura!

  2. I love clover. When I was little some great clover grew in front of the grain shed. My Dad and his brother were working inside and I got to sit in the clover!

  3. How beautiful!! Thank you for sharing such precious moments, that truly will last a lifetime!


  4.  Thanks for talking back, Joyfull!
    I'll be over for a visit in a few minutes.

  5. Beautiful post. So true, time is flying by...seize these moments with your children. They'll be grown and out on their own all too soon.
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY...

  6. Thanks for "talking back" Cindy. I really enjoy your blog.
    I'll be over for a visit in just a bit.

  7. Dear Mom,
    I never knew that I said, "I will remember this forever."
    Yet that is my best memory, and I really will remember it forever! That was the best day in my life. I love you, and I always will. Thank you for the best childhood ever. I love you with all my heart.

    Your little 6 year old, now 14.

  8. This blessed me ---here in 2016!

    And the comment above blessed me even more!

  9. Still remember it. Thanks SOOO MUCH for writing this post.


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