American Museum of Natural History

Pure Happiness

“Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” 

– Nathaniel Hawthorne

This evening I was sitting outside with my lovebug on my lap watching the cars pull up to their homes, kids laughing and riding bikes in the streets, birds singing songs and couples out for strolls. One of my lovebug’s little hands was placed against my knee and I was softly patting it, while telling her about everything we were seeing. I stopped patting her hand and we just sat there together in silence taking everything in. A few minutes later I feel her tiny, little hand stroking mine instantly bringing tears to my eyes. Just another reminder to me that even when I’m not trying to teach her, this perfect little human being is absorbing it all.

Earth day is April 22nd

“And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.” – William Shakespeare

Sometimes I try to place myself in the position my one-year-old is in and absorb the sounds, sights and sensations she is experiencing for her first time. The lush, green grass with tiny purple crocuses sprouting this way and that, tall, looming trees with hints of young leaves and the promise of shade against the backdrop of a deep blue sky flickered with white, fluffy clouds and the powering brightness of the magnificent sun. Even the cloudy, gray afternoon spitting little droplets of wet diamonds makes my daughter smile and look up to the heavens. So much to learn from this little girl and so much to appreciate in the nature around us.