One thing I treasure about spending the days with our grandchildren is the special quiet moments we have. Yes, I know, with kids who are 4 and 2 1/2, it’s hard to imagine quiet time. But when we go outside one of the things they love to do is sit on the patio swing with me and observe the birds and squirrels.
Usually the moment only lasts about five minutes. However, for such young children, five minutes is great. But they observe a lot more than birds and squirrels. They also like to observe the trees, bugs, butterflies, pine cones and wild flowers. They notice dogs barking, planes and helicopters flying over the house and cars going by. They notice the big cool trucks, UPS and FedEx and the mailman’s car. They notice people walking, running and riding bikes. They watch the birds flying in the sky and watch the clouds for pictures in the sky.
Someday they will be grown and moved away, and won’t always be there to sit with me on the swing. And, it will be then that I can smile and remember our special quiet times now.