Do not ask your children
to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable,
but it is a way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder
and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting
tomatoes, apples and pears.
Show them how to cry
when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure
in the touch of a hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them.
The extraordinary will take care of itself.
~ William Martin
I spotted this on my Facebook feed and found it meaningful enough to recreate it as a blog entry as a reminder that as parents, we need to focus on the important things in life for Elliott, and not to be caught up in striving to be ‘extraordinary’.
I was reminded of our walk last evening when he stopped every few steps to pick up leaves to throw it onto the grass. Sometimes, he’d decide to gift me with a crinkly brown leaf (along with a big toothy grin). He also stopped, looked up and went: “Moon!!” when he spotted the moon in the sky (as opposed to Moon, the dog).
Throwing leaves and pointing to the moon. So ordinary, so simple. But it made my little man very happy.