When my family was up visiting last week we went to one of my favorite spots in our area, the Cuyuna mine pits. Mining ceased here years ago and cold clear water has filled the mines, turning them into lakes, some reaching 450 feet deep.
While the guys were out fishing for trout in the deep lake, the girls hung out by the pier.
My girl loves the water, and it was hot out, so I let her splash by the shore. Splashing immediately turned to swimming underwater, something I didn't even know she could do!
I was amazed watching her dive to the bottom to retrieve rocks. She swam and dove for a good hour, the little guppy.
She had quite a collection by the time she was done.
Then she threw them all back in the water and started over again.
Oh to be a kid. The sheer joy of being a kid. Sitting here writing this, I know that had I jumped in with her I could have had that same joy. Instead I just dangled my feet while I sat on the pier.
Next time though... next time I'll be right with her. I won't miss that opportunity again.
When was the last time you let yourself give in to child-like joy? Maybe today?