This other little girl was having a bad day… all parents of toddlers understand how emotions can vary from devastation to happy in the same 60 seconds!
The little girl was hungry. Mom offered her snack. Unfortunately, Mom didn’t bring any of the right snacks so a tantrum occurred.
The little girl was thirsty. Mom provided her with a drink. Unfortunately, Mom also didn’t bring the right drink so a tantrum occurred.
In an attempt to re-direct the situation, Mom says “honey, we can get a snack when we get home. Go play for a little while longer before we need to leave.” Unfortunately, the playground did not have the right equipment and a third tantrum occurred.
Did we catch this little girl having a bad moment/day- most likely!
I think about Gwen…. a child who cannot eat, a child who cannot drink, a child who cannot sit or stand and therefore cannot play on 90% of the equipment, a child who is blind and does not get to witness the beauty of the park.
I look at Gwen….and she is still squealing in delight! That one piece of equipment she CAN play on is more than enough to make her day!
Gwen smiles when she feels the sun on her body and when she feels the wind in her hair because she finds the beauty in every moment…big or small! Gwen continues to teach us about appreciating all the small things in life as they really are the big moments! I wanted to share this with you in hopes that Gwen can also remind you to appreciate all the small moments throughout your day. May she also be a reminder to find joy in what we have rather than sadness in what we don’t have.