Saturday, November 06, 2010

WHAT DO BALLOON ANIMALS, HONEY STICKS, AND BOUNCY HOUSES HAVE IN COMMON?

Love our Saturday morning trips to the Farmer's Market.

Gave the kiddos each $4 to spend.  They chose balloon animals (a snowman and a white rabbit), honey sticks (@ 5/$1), and 5 minutes in a bouncy house (@ 2 bucks a pop! yeesh. what a rip off.), and in that order, and just that fast.

Within 30 minutes, it was G-O-N-E.

And all I kept thinking, as I carefully and painstakingly sorted through the tables and crates of ripe and shiny fruits and veggies, is how they would have nothing to show for it.

How they didn't even walk all the way through the market before deciding. I mean, what if there was something they wanted more at the very end?

How maybe they should've saved it for something bigger and better another day. Maybe tomorrow even, when we'd have to go and pick up some birthday gifts for a party.

How they just threw $8 away. Just like that. Like it was nothing.

But...

Then you look at these pictures. And I hear them retell the morning to their Mommy on the phone tonight, and they're smiling all over and feeling utterly satisfied with their purchases. And it suddenly doesn't matter all that much anymore.

But it does make me wonder when I lost it. When that child's view of the world, of living every single day in the moment, of being absolutely present all. of. the. time., when does that go away?

And how can I get that back?
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2 comments:

sonia said...

That's how I feel every time I go to the Costco. Except when it's over, I've spent way more than $4 and I have a lot to show for it. Like "why did I think we needed 3,000 plastic forks, and where the hell am I going to put all this stuff?" much.

JO ANNA GUERRA said...

Is that like "the internets"? ;P