As I was taking our puppy Kirby out first thing in the morning, I barely noticed the numerous dandelions beginning to pop up in our yard. I went back in and continued my normal routine...feeding the puppy, unloading the dishwasher, getting breakfast. Suddenly, Flynn ran and grabbed my hand. She was bursting with excitement and begging me to come to the door with her. When we reached the door, she gazed out the window and whispered,"Look at all the beautiful flowers Mom!" She was in awe of the bright yellow bursts of color interspersed among the blades of green, green grass. And she was right. When I looked, and actually saw them, I realized they were beautiful.
We stopped what we were doing and went outside. She ran and giggled. She enjoyed and appreciated the beauty of those simple dandelions and in doing so, made me stop and see them too. I saw them not as annoying weeds in need of mowing, but as beautiful signs of spring. And then I ran and grabbed my camera. I wanted to see those beautiful dandelions not merely through the lens of my camera, but through the eyes of my child. And that is exactly what I did.