Friday, 19 July 2013

Through The Eyes Of A Child

One of the greatest blessings in life is seeing the world through the eyes of a little one.  They remind us that the universe is full of mystery and magic!

I love the lyrics to Faith Hill's song Fireflies.

"I found mayonnaise bottles and poked holes on top
to capture Tinker Bell
They were just fireflies to the untrained eye
But I could always tell.'

The kittens I'm fostering are like a pair of two year olds.  When they are too quiet, you'd better get up and check on them!

So what held them in such a thrall?  Their first sight of fireflies! ~

When my friend brought her five year old niece and nephew for a visit, they wanted to see the new kittens. The twins were very good about learning how to hold a cat properly.  The kittens did not behave nearly so well!

I managed to get Clara Jane to stay still by strangling her. ~

I didn't really strangle her.  Sometimes I want to but I never do.  That would be bad fostering!  The kittens are accustomed to doing all the chasing around here and it was a whole new experience for them to have kids chasing them around. They were appalled and resorted to hiding under furniture.

The chickens weren't a whole lot more social and hid in the potato plants. ~

But, the twins were not daunted and crawled through the garden with handfuls of chicken feed to do their farm chores.  They were very good at telling me each and every time some poop came out of a chicken's butt.  If you've ever kept chickens, you know that happens on a very regular basis!

Little Michael was fascinated with where the egg would come out of the chicken.  As I was packaging up some eggs for his aunt, he said, "I helped and I want an egg that came out of a chicken's butt, too!"  I was running short of eggs, so I packaged up four eggs for his family to each have one.  He said, "That takes care of me for four days".

Night was falling and the kids began pointing and running around the yard.

What held them so enthralled?  Fireflies! ~

It was just a visit from a couple of cute little kids, but it reminded me of all the wonder in kittens, chickens and little, twinkling lights all over the yard.  I've since found an old mayonnaise jar with a metal lid and I'll poke holes on top, so the next kids can carry on the time honoured tradition of capturing Tinker Bell.

Victor Hugo said it so well in Les Miserables. ~

"There is nothing like a dream to create the future"

And, there is nothing like a pair of active twins to put your babies to sleep for the evening! ~

Let's all sing the chorus to Fireflies together ~

"I believe in fairytales and dreamers dreams like bed sheet sails
And I believe in Peter Pan and miracles
And anything  I can to get by
And fireflies"