In my last post I presented a challenge: to notice and celebrate the “small” stuff in life. That could be anything – a gorgeous sky, the carefree laughter of a child or the opportunity to lend a helping hand. Sometimes the smallest things have the greatest impact, and help us appreciate all the things we have to be thankful for.
Yesterday I enjoyed so many small moments. It was amazing! I took my son J on a day trip to Toronto. We spent the day with my sister Kira and went on a number of mini-adventures.
Our first stop was the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM).
It’s amazing how kids live “in the moment” though. My son was just as happy running around on the grass at a nearby park as he was exploring the dinosaurs.
Kids seem to focus on what’s right in front of them and because of that I think they enjoy small pleasures every bit as much as the big ones.
Children are very smart.
After the ROM we wandered over to Queen’s Park and checked out the statue of Edward VII. Here he is with his Auntie Kira.
Next stop was Fran’s Restaurant. Our lunch was decent and we had an amazing waiter. He was attentive, had a huge smile and (importantly) was patient.
After our meal, Kira made a point of telling him how great he was at his job. He so appreciated the compliment. It turned out that her simple, honest comment was a not-so-small “small thing” that really brightened his day.
We left Fran’s and hopped on a streetcar to go to charming little Riverdale Farm. My son enjoyed the animals, of course, but couldn’t wait to simply climb a tree on the property. Ah, simple pleasures.
As it turns out, for my son, the highlight of our Toronto trip was taking the streetcar and subway. Kind of funny, given all the other adventures of the day and the fact that millions of people take transit daily.
For me, one of the best aspects of the day was the complete lack of timetable. We left the day open to impulse rather than numbly push through the day on a schedule.
So what small stuff did I celebrate? Lots, but a couple of things in particular: watching my son and sister interact, and viewing the day and its possibilities from my son’s point of view. It’s a lot of fun seeing the world through the eyes of a curious five-year-old!
Have you taken on the challenge? If you have, what have you done, noticed or experienced?