“And though she be but little, she is fierce.”
I think there are a hundred things children can teach us, and Malenah confirmed all of that. Last week I cleaned my lenses, checked that my batteries were fully charged and packed up my car. I met Ashley and her little lady on the side of a road somewhere, and we headed for the wild flowers scattered throughout the ditches.
Malenah was in her glory. I offered to have her carried down and ease into the pictures, but she was her independent self; a girl after my own heart. She bravely walked her way down into the heart of the flowers, and proceeded to admire all the different shades of pink and purple.
“I’m going to pick this for Grandma.” She continued to search for the perfect flowers to give to the people she loves.
This little girl did what so many of us struggle to do. She wasn’t thinking about what she was going to do later. She wasn’t thinking about what happened earlier in the day. Her mind wasn’t racing with things she needed to do. She wasn’t distracted by insecurities or anxiety. She wasn’t reaching for a phone and distracted by social media.
She was just herself, and her heart and mind were simply present. When she saw bees, she got scared, and Mama swooped in to help her work through those fears. Moments later, the fear she felt eased and we continued to look at each and every individual flower. She felt every emotion, she took in every moment and enjoyed what life was giving.
She smiled, danced, made jokes and looked for flowers in my camera. She told me what she liked and didn’t like. She laughed at me when I shook my bum in the bush to scare the bees away. She collected pink, purple and yellow flowers to giveaway and possibly keep.
There are so many things we could learn from this little girl, but possibly the greatest lesson would be how to simply enjoy life for what it is. To live in this present moment, feel the present emotions and take it all in.
Little Malenah, you are going to go so far in this life, and your parents already have so much to be proud of. I hope you never stop walking through wild flowers while being completely captivated by their beauty.