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!
CrossView - I’m so excited that you two will get to experience this all the time SOON! =D
Usually, when a kid comes here for the first time, they say; “No TV??!! What do you DO all day?” Then, they get too busy outside to even notice! LOL!
Valarie Lea - Kids they are what makes our world go round 🙂
Tia Julie - Totally Awesome, I love the frog and the children! 🙂 🙂 🙂
Auntie Katydid - At home my children complain constantly of boredom. I’ve never heard so much as a hint of the dreaded B word when visiting Miss Wacy. They stay so busy! And it doesn’t hurt a whit that when visiting the Razor Farm there always seems an adult around who doesn’t mind stopping to give a bit of attention, praise, or encouragement. We are so very very very very blessed to have the Razors in our life.
Willy - I love your pool.
Sheri - I completely agree with you. Children have such an innocence and open mind about the world around them, that you cannot help but learn from them constantly. They DO stop time for me as many times I stare in wonderment at everything they do, fascinated. They are blessings and God’s greatest gift!
You are after my heart with your frog picture. He/she is too cute! Can you send the kids to my house with it?
CC - Awesome frog picture! I love that they had to make their own yummies! 🙂
Barb - Oh Lacy…you are going to make some childrens lives the envy of all! You have all the perfect, & I mean P-E-R-F-E-C-T qualities it takes to be a great MOM! Your patience, your intuitiveness, your compassion & your wonderment!
Have missed getting over here! See you have lots for me to catch up on, only hope my connection allows me the time!