Today we packed a bag of snacks, hopped into the car and drove about 40 minutes to a farm/park for pumpkins, a petting zoo, and fun. As we started walking the petting zoo section I saw an amazing interest in my husband’s eye. A twinkle, that showed me he was really enjoying himself.
I turned to him and said “I think you’re enjoying this as much as Blu. It’s like you’ve never done this before.”
His simple reply, “I haven’t ever done this before.”
His childhood wasn’t a bad childhood. He wasn’t abused, nor did he have drug addicted parents, or any other the other serious issues some kids deal with. We grew up in an area that didn’t have much, and parents had to be pretty dedicated in order to go the distance to do things. Most didn’t.
His simple statement just reminded me how much people can take for granted. I take for granted sometimes the fact that I get to stay home with Blu, and take him to petting zoos (we’ve been two or three times at least.) It’s easy to forget the simple pleasure of helping him feed a duck, when later then same day he’s literally ripping my hair out. I take for granted the simple things I do, have done thousands of times, that other people have never done in their life. Sure I’ve never been to Rome, like a lady I met recently who was sharing her adventures with me. In fact, I’ve never been off the East Coast, except once by total accident my family drove through the very very tip of Tennessee. But everyday I do things that are a complete unknown to some people. Read a book, knit a scarf, feed a goat, it’s so easy to overlook the simple things.
Even when you feel like your life is so boring, everything is so mundane, it’s settling to realize that there are a lot of simple things that are happening to other people for the first time.