While at the State Fair of Texas with my husband, kids, and brother-in-law, I thought about joy.
Children really know how to experience joy.
We grownups can enjoy ourselves, of course, but it’s so hard for us. We have distractions, inhibitions, worries, images to maintain, work-outs to avoid, boiling pots to watch, bread to win, bacon to bring home, nests to feather, and Joneses to keep up with.
Sometimes, I think I’ve forgotten how to experience the joy I came by so naturally in childhood. That’s when I look to my kids to help and teach me.
Here I am on a fast ride with my kids.
In this picture, her face says she’s having the time of her life. His expression is that of sheer terror, mixed with a little motion sickness. But unlike most grownups, he’s facing fear and doing it anyway! When I first saw this picture, I zeroed in on myself. I was distracted by the way I looked here. I didn’t like it in the least. Here’s an exhausted, yet exhilarated, middle-aged mom, a size or two larger than she wants to be around the middle, with smile lines, and finger nails in desperate need of attention. (My kids are six years old, so it’s been exactly that long since my manicure routine ended.)
But then I looked a little closer . . .
I saw my un-manicured fingers wrapped around her soft, precious, skinny arm.
I saw his sweet, grubby, little hand gripping mine for all life’s worth.
Thank you for listening. — Twyla
SLIDE SHOW! Please click here to view my 3-minute slide show of our trip to the State Fair of Texas: Music Credit:”All This Beauty,” The Weepies