Sometimes the simplest pleasures can bring us the most joy. Last week, when I was visiting my two granddaughters on a beautiful spring afternoon, I experienced a moment of pure joy. My granddaughters rode their scooters to the end of the cul-de-sac and spotted their neighbor’s rope swing hanging from a large branch of an enormous oak tree. The neighbor, also a grandma, greeted us and said we were welcome to use the swing.
The seven-year old climbed on the wooden seat and asked me to push her. Then she got off and let her younger sister have a turn. At first the three-year old was a little hesitant. But, as soon as I placed her legs tightly around the rope and gave her a little push, she loved it. She tilted her head back and looked up at the sky. The look of ecstasy that came over her face was one of those photo “ops” that made me want to run back to the house and get my camera.
I resisted the urge because I didn’t want to spoil the moment. Instead of trying to capture the moment on film, I made a conscious effort to let my memory take the picture. I drank in the details of the blue sky and puffy white clouds and their shrieks of laughter as I pushed them higher. Their exuberance gave me a feeling of total exhilaration. I thought how fortunate these two little girls are to live in a safe neighborhood where they are welcome to enjoy a neighbor’s swing that was enjoyed by her children.
If you’d like inspiration for outdoor activities to enjoy with your grandchildren, check out one of my favorite websites: Rebecca Plants. She has a free download of 50 Outdoor Activities Guide for Busy Families. As Rebecca says: Quality time outside with our children creates a priceless bond and beautiful memories.