By Sherry Pasquarello ,Worldwide Hippies – I hope everyone had a safe and happy 4th. I had one of the best that I’ve ever had. We went to a picnic at the home of some good friends. We always have a great time there but this day was made really memorable by a sweet little two year old named Sean.
Even though I’ve watched many children since I was young myself, I found that I was watching everything through Sean’s eyes. Yesterday, the swimming pool wasn’t just a swimming pool. It was a bright blue ocean. The three dogs, two red huskies and a sheepdog weren’t dogs, they were huge friendly furry beasties that towered overhead.
Sean sat in his yellow floaty tube as we took turns gliding him back and forth and then he would strike out on his own. A long distance swimmer in the endless seas. Of course we were right beside him but he was focused on the horizon and as brave as could be.
He sat on his gramma’s lap at the table and tasted new foods. He discovered treats that he liked and those that he didn’t, he quietly let fall from his mouth into his gramma’s open hand, no fuss.
He met new people and to him, we were all new friends. He learned our names and cheerfully high fived and fist bumped each one of us. We took turns playing endless games of ball with Sean. He never complained as he took off after a ball that rolled to his left or right and clear across the yard. He just grabbed it up and came back eager to try again.
It struck me last night that we could all learn some things from that little boy, just turned two. No matter our age or how cynical we might have become we should try, every now and then, to look at the world like Sean does. A world chock full of new things and new people. Things to taste and try, learn and enjoy.
Peace sweet hippies.
Sherry Pasquarello is an eclectic little woman who has been published in the Individualist Newsletter, Black Roses, online at the Amateur Poetry Journal and the Alchemy lit. mag, and elsewhere. Sherry is a member of the international PK poetry kit list workshop and has been included in many of their projects. For more about Sherry check out her blog After the Bridge.