April 24, 2007
Yesterday was an amazing day in Seattle. Warm, sunny, a bit of pure spring with flowers all in bloom and the smell of freshly cut grass in the air. I decided to take my nanny kids - two adorable 18-month old identical twin girls - to Greenlake for a little stroll and some fun at the playground (their 5 year old brother was slaving away in school while we were outside having marvelous adventures). Like any smart nanny would, we started off with the almost 3-mile loop around the lake so as not to have to pry little hands from sandboxes or swings and hear all about it for the first mile around the lake. As it turned out, the walk around the lake was just as exciting to the double-trouble set as anything could be. Children are passionate, they feel SERIOUS BLISS for living life and exploring their surroundings. That is why they might let go of their lungs when it's time to go home from the park. Or get out of the bathtub. Or have to say good-bye. They live so passionately in-the-moment and are so present to what they are doing that it is utterly unthinkable and I mean completely devastating when they have to stop an activity they are so obviously in love with. I mean, last time you walked around (or ran/rollerbladed/biked) around the lake or took a walk, did you stop to smell every dandelion? Did you get so excited about seeing a dog coming your way that you just about jumped out of your seat? Did you kick your legs with glee and lean with all of your bodily frame to point out the duck family? Or almost break someone's eardrums shouting in jibberish because of the excitement caused by seeing an airplane overhead-not to even mention, a crow? Or even get a goofy, flirty-yet-shy grin and wave incessantly at the person who just lapped you on the trail to make sure you said "hi"? Yes, children know all about serious bliss and living each day to the fullest. We grown-ups need take note! So next time you're perhaps feeling bored at work - try looking out the window and pondering that hunk of metal up there in the sky. I'm not saying you have to jump out of your seat - although I would bet if you did it would liven things up at the office :) Or instead of rushing past the dog-walker on your block, stop and give Fido a little pat on the head. We all need a few more seriously blissful moments in our lives, don't cha think?