Two Easter egg hunts over the weekend yielded candy for the kids and plenty of lessons for me.
En route to the first hunt, we tried to coach our toddler on the proper way to hunt eggs: Find an egg. Pick it up. Put it gently into your basket. Look for another one. Seems simple enough, right? Well, we arrived and found that she had her own method: Find one egg. Pick it up. Look at it. Shake it. Hold it up for Mommy to see. Repeat the looking and shaking steps. Say, “I wonder what’s in here?”
In the meantime, of course, the rest of the eggs were all being whisked away into the baskets of other children. But Remington really, truly didn’t care. She had an egg, and she was sure there was something in it. And that was enough for her.
As for me, I learned a few things that day on the egg-strewn field–things I hope will stay with me for a very long time.
1. Be happy with what you have. Because really, it’s enough! By not worrying about acquiring more, we can truly enjoy what we’ve been given.
2. Be in the moment. Kids excel at this. Adults, not so much. And me? Let’s just say I needed the reminder.
3. Anticipate with joy what’s in store for you. Remi had no idea what was inside that egg, but she knew that whatever it was, it would be great. She’d already decided to love it! How fun would life be if we woke up each morning looking forward to whatever was ahead because we knew without a doubt it would be great?