Monday, April 30, 2012

Enjoying The Small Things

Rose, like some young child with a developing curiosity, takes immense pleasure in life's seemingly minuscule things!! I love it!! Example: I can emerge from our garage carrying a package of bright orange baby carrots, and she acts as though I'm holding some juicy steak!! My mongrel dances. Then Rose gives me deep brown pleading eyes that are nearly impossible to resist!! As if she is telepathically begging: Gimme a carrot, Mama!! Gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme!! And I smile. Why? Because I love my little girl!! Then, Rose is allowed a baby carrot, of course!! Our backyard lawn has needed mowed. However, with this wet and rainy Spring season we've experienced, its wavy green strands have grown freely!! What do you do? One cannot control the weather!! And, around here, when you are not mowing, something else pops up their cheery little yellow heads: Dandelions!! Lots and lots of them!! Yep!! Our backyard right now looks like a wild field of both yellow and white seed heads!! It is beautiful. Flawed. But beautiful. I love blowing on dandelions' fluffy seed heads!! Doing so is like passing through time, and suddenly I am no longer an adult. Nope!! I am a little girl again, with short limbs, bangs, pigtails, and zero worries in this world!! The other day, I was blowing on one. Rose, standing nearby, took immediate notice. I blew, and wispy seeds descended down like delicate snowflakes from the heavens. Rose's floppy ears perked. Her forehead furrowed. And she watched with the curiosity of a small child, as I replanted yet more dandelions into our grass!! I bent down and picked another. Rose's ears perked at the hollow sound of its watery stem being pulled from Earth's grounds. Her forehead furrowed. I blew on its seed head like birthday candles on a cake. Rose watched, her curiosity unwavering. It was adorable.... I did not want to stop!! Rose truly does enjoy the small things that are life's simple pleasures!! She is a good teacher. For Rose reminds me every day in this fast-paced society that we are stuck in to do the same.

19 comments:

Ruby said...

That is so sweet, and a good reminder. We take so many of the small, simple things for granted. I guess we could learn something from dogs and toddlers- who are amazed at such simple things. It is truly a gift to witness!

Dip-Dip and the Bridge said...

What is it with dogs and carrots, they seem to love them - ours do too.
It is such fun to blow dandelion clocks, certainly brings out the child in us :D
Lynne x

lifewithmydogs said...

It seems like Dusty always finds something interesting about the small things in life, too. But he doesn't really make it a pleasant experience for anyone else. Why? He entertains himself by barking. And barking. At things like bins, fences, a brick, a piece of fluff, a beetle... Even a tiny hole that had been there his entire life! He wouldn't stop barking at it. It was kind of funny and annoying at the same time! :P

charlene and Storm said...

wow that is so jinx we are so far apart but exactly the same things are happening in my garden. its rained loads and its not given us the chance to cut our grass so its getting quite long and now in the last few days dandelion flowers have started to pop up in the grass too. might have to see what stormy thinks when i blow a few and let you know xxx

Finn said...

She is wise! I love watching Finn's ears perk up like that!

Raelyn said...

Ruby....
Thank-you for the comment!!
True. Toddlers--or any child for that matter--are amazed by such simple things!! I love it!! ;)
When this blog post was being written, the song: "I Hope You Dance" just randomly appeared in my head!! No idea why!! I do not remember who sings it. LeAnn Rimes, or Lee Ann Womack. Maybe both!! What beautiful lyrics that song has!! ;-D

Raelyn said...

Lynne....
Thank-you for the comment!!
I do not know what it is about dogs and carrots, either!! My other canine, Shadow never liked them, though!! I am glad that Rose loves carrots, because they are healthful in so many ways!! ;op

Raelyn said...

lifewithmydogs....
Thank-you for the comment!!
Hmmm.... To each one his own, I guess!! That is kind of funny!!;op

Raelyn said...

charlene and Storm....
Thank-you for the comment!!
How interesting that our weather can be so similar right now!! ;-}
Yes, do blow on some dandelions!! And, yes, do let me know Stormy's reaction!! He is a young boy.... I imagine that it will be adorable!! ;op

Raelyn said...

Finn....
Aren't dogs with floppy ears so expressive? I love it!! But then.... I tend to be somewhat oddly obsessed with a canine's ears.... They come in such diverse forms!! ;op

Remington said...

It is so important to take the time to enjoy the small things in life....

Raelyn said...

Remington....
Thank-you for the comment!!
Absolutely!! I could not disagree!! ;op

3 doxies said...

Hey, it's me Puddles! I so glad you founded me! You write so wonderfully...likes you put alot of passion into it.
I has a girl and her likes blowin' on da dany lions and makes wishes. And then I sneeze but it makes her happies.

Rose has some beeeeeautiful eyes, it's likes her can tells a whole story with 'em.

Puddles

Raelyn said...

Puddles....
Thank-you for the comment!!
I do put a lot of passion into my writing!! Thank-you for noticing!! ;)
"Rose has some beeeeeautiful eyes, it's likes her can tells a whole story with 'em." I love that!! Perhaps Rose can tell a story with her eyes that is much better than mine!! ;op

Alison said...

Hiya Raelyn,
Thanks for stopping by my blog. I received your comment in my email but it doesn't show up on my feed for some reason *shrugs*. Anywho, you have a wonderful blog and your writing is beautiful. Be sure to stop by again soon. :)

Raelyn said...

Alison....
Thank-you for the comment!!
I wonder why that happened? Blogger can be such a pain sometimes!! :-(
I will be sure to stop by again.... You do the same!! ;-D

Bella said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
MAXMOM IN SOUTH AFRICA said...

Isn't it wonderful how much our animals teach us...*The simple things life, * Living in the moment, * Seizing the day, * Welcoming visitors, * Celebrating each new day...
The list goes on.
Your Rose is so beautiful and your love for her palpable.
Enjoy each moment with her.
With love
MAXMOM IN SOUTH AFRICA

Raelyn said...

MAXMOM....
Thank-you for the comment!!
I will enjoy each moment with Rose!! How can I not? She will only here for such a short time!! ;op