One of my parenting goals this year is to get outside, even in cold and rainy weather, to experience nature with my daughter. Rather than feeling trapped indoors by the weather, I’m learning we can don appropriate clothes and just head outdoors.
I rushed from an appointment to the grocery store in a short time span this afternoon. I raced around the store grabbing the items on my list so that I could check out & get home by 5:30, which is when the babysitter had to leave. After throwing the bagged groceries in my car, I backed out of my parking spot and headed home. Once I turned onto the main road, driving west, I noticed the most beautiful sunset. Shades of pink, purple, orange, and blue mingled. I felt as if it was G-d’s way of reminding me to slow down and appreciate the beauty that surrounds me. In addition, I wanted Isabelle to experience the sunset tonight. As I drove home, I thought about leaving the groceries in the car, writing a check for her babysitter quickly, putting on her socks, shoes, coats, hats, and mittens, and bringing her outside. In reality, I spent time chatting with her babysitter, which is a good thing, and didn’t manage to get outside. Therefore, I made a mental note to try again tomorrow. I want her to start to experience the beauty of sunset, so she begins to develop an awareness for it on her own. How else will she come to appreciate the beauty of nature and the world that she lives in if I do not take the time to show it to her?