When I go out into the garden, I usually feel a sense of anticipation...usually over what will be blooming and what birds have come to visit. As I walk through, I always feel calm, and peaceful and often a pure sense of joy. I usually feel that way about Hershey Park too. ....and every single wedding I've ever shot is this mix of anticipation before the event and then vicarious joy watching and documenting the day for the bride and groom.
...but back to the garden...there is nothing more joyful to me than walking through the backyard to find this:
...and there is so much anticipation to see what these boys are up to and always so much joy to see the laughing and playing with their Daddy.
The joy I feel doesn't really seem to compare with the joy their little hearts can hold though.
Kids just get joy. ...and they embrace anticipation.
Do you remember that feeling?
When life was a series of anticipating fun things and feeling joyful at the smallest thing?
When finding a caterpillar was the highlight of your day?
When you could feel successful because you filled a bucket full of weeds?
When a star on a chart could motivate you to do just about anything?
When running down a hill was just as good as a roller coaster?
When failure wasn't an option...
When you couldn't stand taking a nap because life was just too grand...
That is where my kids are now. Every moment of every day is golden for them.
Their life is filled with anticipation and joy. Laughter and discovery.
I'm a little jealous of them...and a lot thankful for them.