“Do not ask your children to strive for extraordinary lives. Such striving may seem admirable, but it is a way of foolishness. Help them instead to find the wonder and the marvel of an ordinary life. Show them the joy of tasting tomatoes, apples and pears. Show them how to cry when pets and people die. Show them the infinite pleasure in the touch of a hand. And make the ordinary come alive for them. The extraordinary will take care of itself.” – William Martin
I saved this quote a while ago and think about it often. There is so much joy, innocence, and magic in childhood; I don’t want my baby to ever grow out of it! I hope that I can always encourage and nurture these qualities in her!