Thursday, December 29, 2011

The beauty of a child's joy

Yesterday I was doing some chores in the house while my kids played in the backyard.  My daughter came running up to the door, full of excitement.  "Mommy, mommy!  I have something for you!  Look, I got you a weed!"

It struck me as very funny that she referred to her beautiful gift as a weed.  But in no way did that diminish her enthusiasm and sincerity in offering that gift to me.  A lovely and heartfelt gift, it was accepted with great pleasure and gratitude.  The tiny weed is now situated in a very small glass jar on my kitchen counter.

I look at it and smile.  I see a weed, yes, but I also see beauty, joy, and love.

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