You know those moments were you can’t think about anything else but the exact moment you are in? When all the problems you think you have seem to disappear and you can’t help but smile ear to ear? As an adult, I feel like sometimes we have a hard time getting there. We struggle to reach and experience those moments of pure joy. I think we can be happy a lot, but pure joy is something special. The world around us can bog us down. We all have responsibilities, drama, and hardships in our lives and sometimes I feel like as grown ups it is hard to see past all that.
I have noticed that as a parent I have come to recognize those “pure joy” moments more. Nothing brings a smile to your face quicker than seeing joy beaming from a child. They are so young and innocent. Watching Rowan grow and experience new things has made my heart swell and grow so many times over the last 2 years. Her joy has brought me to tears on more occasions than I can count.
My sister took these pictures of Rowan and her best little friends at Rowan’s birthday party the other day. I don’t know why but I can’t stop looking at them. The party got interrupted by a major storm (tornado warning and everything), but it didn’t stop these little girls from having such a wonderful time. You can just see the joy in their faces. I love how dark and sort of eerie the pictures are. You can tell there is a big storm about to happen any minute. I keep thinking they look like “lost girls” (if there were lost girls) from Peter Pan. It’s funny how sometimes your kids can teach you such profound lessons.
I hope we can all stop this week and really try to recognize those moments in our lives…
p.s. I just want to add that I don’t think you need to have a kid to experience joy. Obviously not. I was just expressing that for me having Rowan around has helped me live in those moments more.