corner view :: all the little things
This weekend some friends, Italian and American, gathered together at our home for pumpkin carving and brunch. My girl, who is now 9, was handed the knife to use on her own for the first time this year. In the past we've simply carved her designs.
I wasn't entirely convinced that she was ready for the knife but she insisted, loudly, sincerely, and I gave in to her requests. It's not always easy, this sense of knowing the exact time to take a leap forward with freedoms and responsibilities. And knives.
While most of the children in our social circles are quite a bit older, there is one new little girl on the scene. Goodness, is she sweet. Her dad cut the top of the pumpkin and then allowed her to play in the cavity a bit, taking in the textures and smells of the pumpkin guts.
As I reviewed the photos from the day, the contrast between the baby and the 4th grader struck me and gave me pause to reflect on "all the little things" in lives of little people between those two ages...a collection of which leads to 4th graders with knives in hand, and eventually to first dates and graduations and weddings and...
"All the little things" matter more than any of the big things by providing the bridges from one big event to the next. Don't they? I'm trying to keep that focus.
(At least that's what I think about it today as I ramble.)
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