Country Kids: an ordinary moment with leaves

An Ordinary Moment with Leaves

I had a great post lined up for Country Kids this week; a post full of trees and lakes, bikes and huge rocks. But, I am going to save that for next week as today, this happened.

Leaves 1

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Leaves 7

I have been feeling a bit directionless recently. Too much to do, not enough time. Dithering. I have worried that I’m not spending enough ‘fun’ time with the wee girl; that I need to focus, be more present. Not always thinking about the next thing on my to-do list.

This morning, when we got back from the school run, I’ll be honest, I was desperate to get back in to the house. Fridays are a really busy day for me on the blog. I like to make a start over breakfast, let the wee girl chill out with some TV, while I assess how much I have to do and plan the rest of our day.

When she stopped and started playing with the leaves, my initial reaction was impatience. I tried to get her to come inside.

She wouldn’t, in her stubborn, determined way.

I was exasperated.

And then, she looked up, threw some leaves in the air and the biggest grin spread across her face. I stopped. I sat down on the steps and I just watched her.

She had clearly decided that all the leaves needed to be moved from the ground to the bottom step, and that is what she set about doing. She was perfectly happy, she didn’t need me, I was able to just enjoy watching her. I took my phone out and snapped a few photos. Then, I actually put my phone away and savoured the moment. I was present.

We were probably only outside for fifteen minutes. But, it was enough to remind me that, while I may be struggling with a never ending to-do list, this is what it’s all about. These moments; and actually being in the moment. And that those fifteen minutes were more important to her than any activity I might have planned for later in the day.

Because she is two and a half, and that was what she most wanted to do for those fifteen minutes, and that’s what matters.

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73 thoughts on “Country Kids: an ordinary moment with leaves”

  1. Beautiful photos – your wee girl looks like she is having the best time with those leaves. So true that sometimes we just need to stop and enjoy those little moments and see the world through our little ones’ eyes x

  2. Aaahhh this is so lovely & made my heart melt. I had a moment like this today too where Daisy wanted to keep jumping in puddles & wouldn’t come in, in the end I joined in & puddle jumped with all 3 girls. Lots of fun xx

  3. How true your words are, I’ll bet there were the best 15 minutes of your day, putting the to do list on hold and savouring the moment while she collected and threw the leaves. Don’t wish it away, it goes fast enough, believe me! Gorgeous photos and a lovely write up of precious ordinary moments. thank you for sharing with me on Country Kids.

  4. That is wonderful, and completely what childhood should be about; the ordinary moments with our little ones discovering their world. Glad you put the camera away and just enjoyed it too.

  5. This is a beautiful post, Sara, and I can so relate. It’s hard when you have so much going on, and like you, I was feeling impatient with Little Man yesterday, as Fridays are my busiest days, too. But yes, making the decision to let go, be present, enjoy, it means the world to them, but is probably more precious to us. Gorgeous photos x

    1. Thank you Jocelyn, it’s a tough balancing act at times, but they do deserve our full attention in these moments x

  6. Now that’s what autumn is all about! Leaves and when you have a little one – playing with leaves! I’m glad you decided to stop and just watch her and take these lovely photos! I’m the same, I also get impatient with little and have to constantly remind myself not to get stressed over the little things. But hey, we’re mums after all, we do get stressed and that’s alright too ;)

    1. You are absolutely right, it’s okay to get a bit stressed, but also good to take a step back, which I’m not so good at!

  7. Oh Sara, I could write this post-I’ve been there so many times. And it just takes one of these little moments to pull us back doesn’t it? She’s such wee dot-love her face, a picture of contentment :)

    1. Yes, that’s all it takes, and it’s so lovely. She was having a blast, moving leaves from one place to another – it really is the simple things!

  8. Autumn is my favourite season and the colours of leaves are one of the reasons why.
    I can almost hear the crunching of the leaves in your photos, looks like lots of simple outdoor fun.

  9. Aw, what a lovely autumnal moment with your little one. Leaves are such a fantastic fun natural toy and it is wonderful when you stop and watch for a while. Lovely pics too :)

  10. Aww gorgeous photos and a lovely moment to have paused and savoured! I’m a little envious of the leaves too – ours are all just a big soggy mess!

  11. This is so so beautiful!! What a special little moment! So ordinary, yet so magical all in one! The photos are stunning but I’m glad you got to enjoy some time aside from behind the lens on this one because she looks to be having the best time ever!!!
    It just seems the way with the littlest of people doesn’t it….the simplest of things bringing the most pleasure!! X

  12. Beautiful pictures and the leaves look perfect, not like our soggy mess at the moment, autumn has well and truly landed here in the UK! Sometimes it’s hard to stop and enjoy the moment but when you do it is so worth it and she looks so happy, loving the tutu too :) Thank you for linking up to #magicmoments.

  13. EEK! How adorable are those photos? You could make a lovely poster out of them. Beautiful. I am not sure if you have heard but the weather here as be AWFUL so not much leaf playing with here. Unless they are very wet leaves. Lovely #magicmoments x

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