We took a walk this morning. We all took the same walk - the same route at the same time - but about half-way through the walk I realized just how different the experience was for each of us.
Mademoiselle picked dandelions to make a puffy yellow ball, and took turns pushing James in the stroller.
Benefactor picked up big rocks and sticks and they all became part of his arsenal.
Baby James was mostly content to ride and watch and relax, and I paid most attention to old abandoned houses, listened to the kids' observations, and tried to get the most exercise possible out of a 12 block walk.
Five different people with five completely different ways of seeing the same things. All of our interests were equally valid. All of them are fascinating, to us. We all gained something out of our individual thoughts and observations. They matter. They have value.
I loved seeing how differently each of us thinks. Mademoiselle loves creation and beauty. S.A.M. notices how things work, and why they are needed. Benefactor is brave and feisty. James is curious and supercute, you know. And I am the practical and slightly distracted adult.
If Tyler had been with us I know he would have noticed and enjoyed things that I didn't even see. Probably some wildlife or landscaping or broken law or something, but I don't know.
So, I'm kind of curious, now - what do you notice or care about or pay attention to when you are out on a walk? Please tell me!