"Never lose your childish innocence. It's the most important thing."
Katherine, Under the Tuscan Sun
I woke up early one Saturday morning wanting to color.
I had a box of Crayons that I had picked up from Target during their Back to School sale that I had bought for no reason, but suddenly had the urge to use. So, I got out of bed, got a cup of coffee, grabbed a notepad and my Crayons and started doodling.
I didn't really give much thought to what I wanted to do other than write that particular quote, so I naturally drew what 2nd grade me drew for her teacher—multi-colored puzzle piece looking things. And yes, I couldn't help but smile feeling the peace and joy that came simply with coloring.
Imagine if we all could look at things with childish wonder and innocence. What different joys could we experience? What different thoughts would we have?
It is one of many reasons that I love spending time with my young nieces and nephews. They ask questions out of curiosity without fear of it being a "stupid question." They want to learn. They find joy in the simplest of things. They prefer playing with boxes rather than the toys themselves. They find enjoyment in rolling up a piece of paper and using it as a megaphone. They find entertainment in me singing the ABC's and ask for it to be done over and over again...
Those moments are some of the simplest pleasures in life.