This year, more so than any other year, I’ve really noticed the true beauty of the ordinary, the wildflowers, the weeds, the black birds. All the things that surround us on a daily basis that we often give very little thought to.
I think having three small children, the eldest and middle who show real appreciation, wonder and curiosity about the smallest things, has helped.
It’s been the daffodils that have made me stop in my tracks. Alice had been totally enamoured by them. On our nature walks and time in the garden she has picked them, planted them, questioned them and tended to them like they were prize winning roses.
I’d always just seen them as weeds. Annoying plants that poke through the cracks in the patio or sprout up in the new turf. But actually if you look closer. They are so intricate. So bright and puzzling how they turn from radiant sunshine’s to puffs of snow.
I think it is so important to teach children about the world around them. The animals that inhabit other countries and continents but I think first, we should teach them and show them the beauty of what is right in front of them. The intricacies of a humble house spider or the wildflower names that peek through the patio and the flower beds. What do flies eat? How does a worm move? Get them to love and respect their immediate environment and this will continue with them into adulthood. Appreciate the little things and find joy in the ordinary.