"Oh! Isn't that a snowflake I see?" My eight-year-old granddaughter's voice rang out from the back seat yesterday. It was for all of us the first snowflake of the season! I might have missed it altogether, the precipitation was so light. Light compared to the heavy traffic in downtown Kansas City, that is, where my attention was glued.
Kellyn's big sister, Haley, also in the backseat but engrossed in her homework, quickly changed her focus, as well. Momentarily, she was slightly skeptical, though soon also thrilled, congratulating her little sister for being so observant.
I thought how quickly young children learn to recognize something unusual, especially something that has periodically brought them immense joy in the few short years they have been alive.
It is the simple things, even in spite of a long period of not seeing something so wonderful.....yes, these simple things help people of all ages to also notice what may be bizarre in our world. Things that make absolutely no sense in our world. Or in our own imperfect selves.
This season, that's what I want to keep upmost in my mind as I focus on the new and the old.