Tonight, baby girl hugged and kissed a star lamp. How much more delightful can she possibly get, at age 3?
When she gets presents for an occasion, usually in bulk, like at Christmas, or her Birthday, it’s not too hard amongst the frenzy of new ‘things,’ to pop a gift or 7 away, for a later date.
I like to draw things out. I can see the insane joy in her face when I later take out her presents, all fresh and brand new and exciting, as it’s suddenly something interesting to play with. She has no idea it’s been sitting out of reach on the top drawer of her cupboard the whole time. The only thing she knows is “Oh! New toy!”
I can get away with it at this age.
She received this star lamp for Christmas. And because she had a little fairy lamp that we were using in the meantime, I popped the star one, you guessed it…
Her fairy lamp was going dim. I mean, I could have just changed the batteries, as I’ve done so many times before. But I needed an excuse to take out the star lamp, albeit another battery-operated one, but what the hell.
It looks a lot like this:
Only in red.
Hubbie and I put in some batteries and set it up in her room, and then as bedtime approached I asked “do you want a surprise?”
Of course a 3 year old wants a surprise at bed time. Stalling is what they excel at.
So we took her into her pitch-black room, I fumbled with the switch on the lamp, and
Ta-da! The room was alight with a warm glow from her new lamp.
She was rapt. She looked at it in admiration. She held it, carried it about. She hugged it, even doing her “awww” bit as if she were hugging a baby. She then kissed it.
She hugged and kissed her lamp.
And you know what? It was freaking adorable. It was beautiful. She is at such an innocent stage, so naïve to so many of life’s treasures, experiences, and discoveries, and it is precious. She is amazed and takes great joy in the smallest of things, and I find it inspirational.
She sees Nutella on the table during breakfast and exclaims “Oh!” before clapping excitedly.
She jumps up and down when we tell her we’re going to walk to the park.
She hugs a friggin’ lamp because it’s red, it glows, and it’s a star.
How much more simple can you get? How beautiful life is, when things like this make you happy? When you appreciate them to the degree that they bring you irrepressible joy?
I hope to nurture those innocent qualities in her for as long as I can, for as long as she will let me.
In fact, I hope to keep it alive in me while I am at the task. I actually think this gratitude blog, is helping me to do that too…