Simple Joys

Today we had some folks over after church for a little old fashioned “visiting”‘. Once milking time rolled around the visitors followed us outside to help milk the cows. It was a young mom with two small daughters, three and one years old. We took turns holding the youngest and somebody decided to put her in the big sink and let her splash around in the tiny bit of water that was in the bottom of the tub. That little baby’s face lit up like it was the most fun thing in the world! She giggled, grasping at the sparkling rivulet of water as it came out of the faucet and squealed with fascination as it slipped through her hands. It kept her occupied for many minutes and she never seemed to tire of her simple pass-time. As I watched her face I marveled at how little it took to please her. Something as simple as water running over her hands and splashing on her face made her smile. It really is amazing at the simple things that please little ones. It’s when we grow up and think we need all our gizmos and gadgets that we become dissatisfied with the simple pleasures of life. Society has come a long way in the past 100 years, even in the past ten years, technology has exploded! There are many, many benefits we have received from them too. My hope is that we will take care not to become so enamored with the glitter and glitz that we forget to appreciate the simple joys of everyday life.


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