“You know what’s wrong with most people?" I often say to my husband. "They don’t enjoy the simple things in life.”
The first time I said this to him, we were dating. And he basically thought I was nuts. He didn’t understand why I’d get so excited about certain foods, haircuts, new boots, sagebrush or hot showers.
After a year of watching me, though, he, too, learned to enjoy the simple things. When we got married, together we enjoyed:
- A cup of coffee with our favorite cream after a few months of not being able to afford any luxuries
- Calling each other husband and wife
- All the jokes we share that are just between us
- Longboarding adventures
- Powdered donuts
- A well-heated home
Another year passed, and our son was born. That’s when I discovered a whole slew of simple things that previously, I had never even considered:
- Flynn’s hearty laughs
- Baby bath time
- Tiny hands and feet
- The fact he has my eyes, and his dad’s smile
- Perfect picture moments
- Mommy and baby nap time
- The time my husband took care of him when he was cranky at midnight because he knew I was getting frustrated.
The other day, a friend of mine came over with her husband and 9-month-old little girl, Lucy. Lucy has the cutest dimples I’ve ever seen. This day, the simple thing I discovered is that little babies know how to share their Cheerios without ever having to be taught.
That got me thinking more about the nature of babies. The way babies blindly and unquestioningly trust their parents is something that’s very simple but also undoubtedly beautiful.
Kids are pros at enjoying the simple things. I’ve never seen an adult, myself included, get so excited about eating their favorite meal or watching their favorite movie. They have the simplest sense of humor, and as a result they get to laugh much more. To a child, a trip to Grandfather’s is the adventure of a lifetime.
A long time from now when I’m old, I know that I’ll discover a whole new group of simple things. Many grandparents tell me how wonderful it is to enjoy their grandbabies and then send them home when they get cranky. I will remember how I earned my scars, the adventures I had, the battles I lost and the wars I won. I’m looking forward to passing on what skills I will have mastered to the younger generation. When I go, no matter how, I will go knowing I have left behind a legacy of enjoying the simple things.
Gabby Allen is married with one child. Read her Tuesdays on Douglas County Moms.
Kids are pros at enjoying the simple things. I’ve never seen an adult, myself included, get so excited about eating their favorite meal or watching their favorite movie.