“jump into the middle of things, get your hands dirty,
fall flat on your face, and then reach for the stars.”
kinders find tiny ants, roly-poly’s, and baby spiders
when playing on the sidewalk
and decide to create a playground for them
using all of their pretty chalks.
“everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”
the kinders begin the process of digging out their cars
and clearing the road after the storm.
“it is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.”
-lucius annaeus seneca
first time playing in the snow with my kinders
after our return to the playground.
“i rolled up my sleeves and said, ‘i want to make a mark on this world.’
what began with two grandies taking a quiet spin
quickly became a magnet for all to take in.
“what you lose in the swings, you make up on the merry-go-round.” – george v. higgins
when looking at the trees on the kinder playground
it’s easy to see how tall the little people are
the green does not dare begin until it is
above and safely out of the reach of their tiny hands
even if they are standing on tippy toes
pulling, climbing, bending, picking, snapping
the trees do the math and live to tell the tale.
“trees and plants always look like the people they live with, somehow.”
-zora neale hurston
when you find a perfect circle of ice
in the bottom of a sand pail
and hold it to the winter’s sun
things become crystal clear.
“there is a beauty and clarity that comes from simplicity that we sometimes
do not appreciate in our thirst for intricate solutions.”
-dieter f. uchtdorf