My little guy Liam was just two months shy of 2 years old. He came home from school with a low grade fever and was being a 'sad sack' which is what we call Liam when he's not feeling well. Usually he's a happy kid so we know when he's not feeling well. I had thought he should take a nap, but he wasn't interested and was sad and hungry...and tired. I decided to take him outside because going outdoors almost always makes my kids feel and behave better.
We went to the wildflower garden I decided to plan this summer in one of our garden beds that had not fared well with vegetables. The wildflower garden has been a great place of respite for our family during a summer that has been full of strange twists and turns under quarantine. In our time in the garden, we often observe bees and butterflies and ladybugs; we watch them work and move about. We learn our colors and talk about what flowers we think are pretty. Sometimes we pick flowers to share with each other and we touch flowers gently.
Liam's "sad sack" mood immediately lifted as we went outside to check out the flowers. We saw a large monarch butterfly and spent the next 20 minutes watching this large beautiful butterfly move about from flower to flower. We even tried to touch the butterfly! After some laughs, curiousity and wonder, we went back inside. It was nice in that moment to just see him smile and feel better.
What garden are you taking people to around you? What butterflies do you see? What makes you curious and joyful and do you share that with someone?
Ms. Bhakti Mary
I am an optimistic, positive, generous and driven author who is passionate about self-improvement.
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