Bright, chubby, and absolutely adorable four year old Sarah was full of excitement. The words repeated themselves over and over in her mind, "We're going to Tryon Creek Forest, we're going to Tryon Creek Forest." She could hardly stay in her seat belt. She wanted to get out of the car, and just RUN to one of her favorite places in the entire world! No, she corrected herself, "The entire UNIVERSE."
Now granted, in Sarah's four year old mind the Universe consisted of a great deal less space and matter than it does in the minds of adults, but size is relative, right?
Arriving at the forest Sarah was the first out of the car, the first helping with getting the baby in the stroller, the first to lead the parade of children through the forest. The path was paved, and the trees caused the sunshine to dapple the path.
Sarah gleefully jumped from one spot of sunshine to the next. Joy filled her and she felt like she was so happy that it was just leaking out of her ears!
Then the idea hit with the enthusiasm that only a four year old person can create. "Mama....I'm splashing in the sunshine!!!" Yes I did just put THREE exclamation points. That is because she stated this precious idea with fulness of thought and happiness.
Forever, and ever, I want to remember the look of sheer wonder on her face as she hopped from sunshiny spot to sunshiny spot. Her joy was pure, and sharing that joy filled me, her Mama with joy as well.
So...today....go outside and "Splash in sunshine!" Will you please? You'll be amazed at how good it makes you feel!