1. Avoiding an early afternoon rain storm, and walking outside after it finished. The passing rain and lingering breeze cooled everything down, and made my afternoon stroll much more enjoyable than it might have been otherwise.
2. A friend who is a first-time mom described her rapidly-developing child this way: “Babies are mysteries wrapped in enigmas covered in tiny human coating.” Hilarious! And so, so true.
3. While leaving the grocery store, seeing a very little girl (3 years old or so) tugging on her mom’s pant leg and saying, “Mommy, look!” while pointing to the ceiling. Her mom was preoccupied with bagging the food that she had just purchased, and didn’t pay much attention to the girl – but I did. I looked up, and saw a delightful display that I had not noticed at all before the girl brought it to my attention. The small child saw me looking up, and called out, “Bees! Bees!” grinning and clapping. I smiled back and her, and nodded ‘yes’, agreeing with both her assessment and her enthusiasm. At that moment, the mother pushed her now-full cart towards the child, picked the girl up, and placed her in the front seat of the cart – then strolled out the main doors and into the parking lot, never noticing the display right above her.
I may not pay a lot of attention to my physical surroundings, but I am highly tuned in to the people around me – and this awareness of my ‘fellow man’ often leads to some pretty amazing discoveries and connections (even when that ‘fellow man’ is a small young girl).