To celebrate the publication of News From Razor Family Farms at GRIT.com, I decided to invite some friends over for homemade ice cream, blueberry jam (I may have forgotten to tell them that they would have to make it themselves… oops), and swimming. Most of the fun came from watching the children enjoy some of the fundamentals of country life: canning and making ice cream. Of course, Katy and I watched all of this from the safety of the shady part of the deck because we are shockingly Caucasian.
Her three glorious children skipped from the garden (where they plucked tomatoes and ate them sun-warmed) to the pool and then dripped across the deck to watch the ice cream maker churn. I imagined my future children doing the same dance — from one new discovery to another. Children truly appreciate simple living to the fullest, don’t they?
Katy’s kids don’t miss a single detail of the world around them. With wide eyes and secret smiles, they are in constant motion until they become entranced by a line of ants marching across the steps. Then they are in a completely different plane of existence. The laws of science cannot begin to explain how the concentration of a fascinated child can simply stop time. We have much to learn from them, do we not? Just look what they found with their x-ray vision?
This tiny little fellow clung to a tomato branch and has likely lived there for months watching us blunder about pulling tomatoes off the vine and fussing over Japanese beetles. The children spotted him or her right away. I stood there lost in thought and blindly snapping pictures. How much we would miss were it not for the wondering eyes of a child!