While everyone was visiting, Parker grabbed my hand and walked me over to a little coffee table to play a game of cards. He perched himself on a little tikes seat and I settled in on the floor. His excitement was in full swing as he dealt me two cards and kept two cards for himself.
"Throw one down Sarah!" His voice broke into a deep chuckle as he squirmed with excitement in his seat. I peaked my head above the coffee table and threw a card down. He quickly matched my card and then in full throttle screeched out, "I won, I won- Sarah!"
"Parker, you are amazing buddy!" My face began to hurt from smiling at this adorable little brown eyed wonder!
We exchanged an animated high five as he could hardly contain the excitement within his little body. His infectious happiness left me giggling with joy. In the midst of his celebration he shouted out to his dad, "Dad I need some chocolate milk!" This little boy refueled on chocolate milk and laughter. We continued round after round. Each time I slapped down a card, he matched mine and began to wind up with excitement.
As I think back to this experience with him, I can't help but think of being in the simplicity of the moment. Each moment was new with excitement and joy. Each moment was full of awe and wonder. Each moment contained an essential quality of present moment awareness
In the midst of 'adulting,' (as I recently read, add 'ing' to most anything can make up a new word) I think we too often forget to fill our hearts with this joy and wonder. When was the last time you allowed yourself to be filled up by the present moment? How long has it been since you laughed until your sides felt like they were going to burst, or smiled until your face hurt? Parker's absolute love of life was a scrumptious reminder to announce to the world, "I won, I won."
Every time I remain present for life, I win...I win...
May You Sweetly Seek:)