celebrating every gorgeous moment

A while ago, I took Madeline swimming as she absolutely loves the water.  She doesn’t however, like going under the water, although she is getting more and more fearless with her mermaid persona in the tub at bath time.  On one of these mermaid adventures at the community pool, she took a dip below the water line. Still unsure of how to rise to the surface, I reached in and pulled her up and of course, she was coughing from the water she had swallowed.  I asked her if she was ok – and she looked up at me with her little red eyes from the chlorine and said.  “I’m ok mom.  I just lost my breath – but I still have my heart to love you.”

A product of too much Disney?  Perhaps.  But none the less, these are the sweetest words I’ve ever heard accompanied by the tightest hug I have ever felt. I believe both these sentiments were derived from her wonderful heart that with each experience, proves to me just how innocent the world around us can be.

It saddens me that as adults, we lose the ability to connect with our inner child. I often wonder at which point in our lives our innocence disappears?  I feel very lucky to have Madeline take me to that place where I am able to celebrate her world and help me create the stories I do. 

I will leave you with these words I read some time ago about entertaining your inner child, which at the time, I found very profound but unable to fully appreciate until my Maddy showed me how…

  • Stay loose.
  • Learn to watch snails.
  • Plant an impossible garden.
  • Invite someone dangerous to tea.
  • Make little signs that say ‘yes!’ and post them all over your house.
  • Make friends with freedom and uncertainty.
  • Look forward to dreams.
  • Cry during movies.
  • Swing as high as you can on a swing set.
  • Cultivate moods.
  • Refuse to “be responsible”.
  • Do it for love.
  • Take lots of naps.
  • Do it now.
  • Believe in Magic.
  • Laugh a lot.
  • Take moon baths.
  • Have wild imaginings, transformative dreams, and perfect calm.
  • Draw on the walls.
  • Read every day.
  • Imagine yourself magic.
  • Giggle with children.
  • Listen to old people.
  • Play with everything.
  • Build a fort with blankets.
  • Get wet. Hug a tree.
  • Write love letters.

And my personal favourite… Celebrate every gorgeous moment.