With the recent cutback to our income, we’ve had to get a little creative with meals…
Helena found a terracotta pot on our front porch this morning that was just right (Goldilocks style).
Like a moth to a flame she was drawn to it (and all the dirt inside).
She was so captivated by it that she sat still for several minutes trying to experience it in every way. Tasting the dirt (of course), dumping it out, filling the pot with dirt again – crumbling it between her tiny, chubby fingers.
I was struck with the thought that she was so content to just sit there, playing in dirt. Not a pretty artisan toy we picked out for her at the farmers market. Not a shiny plastic gadget with lights and sounds. Not an ipad.
Now I won’t be a naive young mother and assume she will always be like this. I am sure the day will come where she is no longer content to watch the ant crawl along the driveway as her sole form of entertainment. But I am relishing in the fact that she does now.
I want to be more like that. To be content without all the gadgets and shiny pretty things that I am constantly “pinning” and telling Micah, “We NEED this! WE NEED ALL THE THINGS!” This is hard because it is totally my hobby. To make things pretty; better. I am always trying to improve our home – constantly moving things around, re-arranging furniture. Micah calls it puttering.
I don’t think there is anything wrong with wanting to improve your quality of life. (Like finally find a home for that picture frame after moving it for the 7th time.) Or trying to make your home a beautiful oasis for your family. What bothers me is becoming consumed by always wanting more.
I’m hoping this new season in life will teach me contentment & spark creativity. What is it that they say – Necessity is the mother of invention?
don’t worry, we feed Helena other things besides dirt.
2 thoughts on “Let them eat dirt…”
Hi there, popped over from BowerPower.
I agree with you on how consumerism, for it’s own sake, has become such a thing. While it’s easy to purchase pretty much any object that you want at the click of a keyboard button, it’s usually the little moments that we tend to overlook, and that can’t be purchased, that mean so much.
p.s. Where did you get little one’s straw hat? It’s so cute on her. 🙂
Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate your insight about the little moments – yes, they are priceless – and gone all to quickly!
Her hat was a gift from a friend – I believe it is from Baby Gap though. It’s the first hat she’s ever kept on! 🙂
p.s. Love your ‘623’ logo!