Sunday, July 25, 2004

Hello, butterfly!

My sister-in-law Siska wrote this:

Isn't it amazing how little kids are so fascinated by the littlest things
that barely catch our attention? Every chance he has, my 3-year-old son
takes the time to stop and look at flowers, trees, butterflies, ants,
spiders, grass, birds... even some funny-looking rocks. To encourage his
communication skills, I often ask him about the collor, size, and other
simple facts about the objects that he sees. I also ask him to greet the
critters he sees. I don't know why I do this, but it has the most pleasant
effect on him. He smiles whenever he says, "Hello, ants!" or "Good morning,
birds!" or "Hello cute butterfly". It doesn't upset him at all that the
critters don't greet him back, but rather fly or crawl away and mind their
own business. A genuine friendliness is shown in his face. He's happy and
content in the friendly little world that he created. As he turns his
attention to other things -- although he seems oblivious to what just
happened -- his smile and good mood linger.

I tried to understand his simple yet profound happiness, to put words that
could explain how and why and what I find amazing in such a naive mind of a
child. Maybe it's the openess of the mind; the simplicity it craves, away
from the wants, the plans, the worries that clutter our daily lives; maybe
it's the feeling that we get when we accept things the way they are and be
grateful for them, such feeling we get when we take the time to stop and
greet God's creations... or maybe, it's just good to be friendly.

As I was sitting in my car waiting for the stop sign, an orange butterfly
fluttered across my windshield. My son wasn't there in the backseat to
point at it and greet it, so I say, "hello, butterfly". I know I didn't
look cute talking to a bug, but who cares, it made me feel good.

-Siska/Juli 2004


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