Sunday, November 28, 2010

My Daughter's Perspective on Holiday Shopping

We're in a glitzy store, admiring all the ornaments and enjoying the holiday smells.  As my children wander down the aisles to observe the dazzling toys, my youngest cries out:

"Mommy!  You have got to come see this!  It's amazing!  Come here right now!"  She's calling out to me, weaving in and out of shoppers to pull me to her side.  I think she's about to show me some toy--the kind with bells and whistles and a price tag we'll never be able to afford.

Instead, she drags me to. . . nothing.  In silence, she points to the floor.  There, on the store's carpet, imprinted with the markings of a thousand holiday shoppers' shoes, a rectangular rainbow appears from the perfect configuration of light coming through the window through some prism I cannot see.

"Look at it.  Just look at it!"  She moves her feet and hands within the rainbow, and I do the same.  The light on our skin makes us blaze with a spectrum of colors.  She's filled with wonder at this rainbow on the floor.

It cost me nothing.

7 comments:

Elaina Baker said...

Kids can surprise you, can't they?

boonstoon said...

Those are the best kind of gifts!

Dianna
http://thesedaysofmine.com/

jenny_o said...

This brings to mind something that many parents have experienced: when our children were small, they'd play with their new toys for awhile, but they'd play with the big boxes the toys came in for a very long time.

Sallie Kate said...

Wow! Joy in something other than stuff. Beautiful :)

Mspong said...

beautiful!

L.L. Barkat said...

Delightful.

Now I am taking note of the light, playing in odd shapes on the cranberry walls of my study. :)

Sam Van Eman said...

Kids help us "see" don't they? This is great, Heather.