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Mary is the co-author of The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild's Heart.
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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Savoring the Simple Things of Life

Tuesday's Thought
by Mary May Larmoyeux

Last weekend Pops and I went to an antique car show and it was a lot of fun. There were games for the kids like "throw a fan belt," "roll a tire," etc.

Surprisingly, my favorite thing wasn't the beautiful streetrods. It was seeing two of our grandkids run up to Pops and me with outstretched arms, calling our names.

Although the chili dog with onions was mighty good, it wasn't as satisfying as standing back and watching a toddler attempt to roll a very small tire as his big sis tossed fan belts like they were Frisbees.

It really doesn't take much to make a kid happy, does it?

My childhood memories included climbing a "slippery" tree, holding squirming puppies, and lying in the warm grass while imagining shapes of animals in the clouds above. And it seems like yesterday when Pops and my children were having obstacle races in the back yard and building make-believe forts out of sheets and blankets.

Do you ever feel like life today is far too complicated? Maybe it's time to go back and savor our real treasures−God, family ... and simple things.

What were some of the simple things that you enjoyed as a child. What about your kids and grandkids?

He is able,
Mary May Larmoyeux
author of Help for Busy Moms: Purposeful Living to Simplify Life

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Anonymous said...

Hi Mary,
I remember lying on a blanket in summer grass and my mother showing us all the ants running through the grass jungle taking pebbles out of a tunnel and forming a pile. We watched them “kiss” each time they passed one of their kind. Often a different insect wandered through and we followed his trail to find his habitat. We searched through clover for four leafs and made double strings of clover “crowns” to wear upon our head. We lay on a blanket at night and watched the star shower in August ...my dad showing us the Milky Way, the Little Dipper, the North Star and telling us the Big Dipper was tilting because it was so full. Life was so full. Blessings Rita

Mary May Larmoyeux said...

What wonderful memories, Rita, and great ideas! I had forgotten all about making crowns out of clover. -- Mary