Sunday, August 21, 2011
Do you have someone you'd like to be when you grow up? For me, it's Susan Branch. If you don't know her, she writes the most beautiful cookbooks, creates gorgeous calendars, develops material for quilters and generally has her creative mojo overflowing. Recently she began a blog and I love it! Take a look and escape into the wonderful world of Susan Branch.
So...I had to steal her little bumper sticker...I just know we would be friends if only I hung out in Martha's Vineyard. :)
Anyway, her bumper sticker got me thinking...if we all lived like Susan Branch, we would create our own islands full of people that are wise and of good will. The grace would happen. We wouldn't need anything fancy. We wouldn't even need a view...just some good will and wisdom. And where can we find that? Here's the big secret that even darling Susan Branch doesn't seem to mention very often: at eye level with kids.
So often, they have that lovely mixture of good will and wisdom.
They give second chances. They love ferociously. They think you're beautiful. They dance. They cuddle when they need to (or if you need to), offer up a quick "sorry" when the time is right, pause with wonder and stop eating when they are full. They don't have any pretenses and they tell it like it is. In short, they keep it real.
Just the other day, my sister's son Peter was crying and my sister asked him why. He looked up at her and clarified the obvious: "Because sometimes little boys cry." Yep. They do. So, on my list of things that kids do right is Peter's astute observation: they allow themselves to cry when necessary.
Kids keep it simple. They can sense a fake the way a raccoon can find a garbage can, immediately. They live effortlessly, simply and with profound grace.
I have four kids. One just left to find his own little village full of wisdom and good will. Pray that he finds it, creates it and lives it. I do. And until I see him again, I'm going to hang with my posse: kids. I'm going to search them out, listen and wait because sssshhhh: that's where the grace happens.