Over Mother's Day weekend, I dodged the raindrops and purchased flowers for the pots on my backyard patio. Completing the pots is always a big item on my list, so when I finally planted the last one and hung my hanging basket of flowers I felt a sense of accomplishment. However, it was a short-lived victory. As I looked around I could see about 10 more things that I needed to do that I wouldn't be able to do because of the weather. I went inside feeling frustrated partly because I couldn't just enjoy what I HAD accomplished and partly because I really wanted to do more.
Later that day my husband was out with our dog and he saw a lady and her young daughter walking on the path behind our house. At some point, the little girl stopped and looked at our yard and said "Wow, look at that. That yard is a wonder!" The mom paused to take a closer look, made a positive comment, and then they continued on their way. At dinner, my husband shared the story with me because he thought I would appreciate the sweet words of this little girl. Now, there is no question that my yard is not a wonder. Yes, it is landscaped and I like to plant flowers, but no reasonable adult would make that assessment. It is comical that this little girl chose that word, but for whatever reason, she saw something that caught her eye and captured her imagination. It was clear that she wasn't seeing what I was seeing when I looked at the yard. She didn't see the long list of projects that still needed to be done, she was enjoying what was already there.