Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Stop to Smell the Roses
We have some plants in our backyard that we inherited from the previous owners, and since we are not gardeners, we had no idea what kind they were. So imagine our surprise and delight when the bushes along our fence line reveled themselves to be rosebushes and exploded into beautiful pink blossoms. We have been pointing the flowers out to Nathan while he plays outside, drawing his attention to the buds that form and slowly open, and inviting him to touch and smell the fragrant blooms. Today he went over on his own to smell the roses. He would grab one with both hands and pull it into his nose, inhaling deeply. He pulled them hard enough that a few petals fell off. When he noticed this, he said, "Uh-oh!", bent and retrieved the fallen petals, and tried to put them back on the flower. What an observant and considerate boy we have. Nathan, I pray you never stop delighting in the little things, and that you continue to do your best to take care of the world around you.