I found this today and it hit my heart so hard. I love that my children are academically inclined, but moreover I love that we absolutely take pleasure in the small things, and what I consider to be the true meaning of life:
Make the Ordinary Come Alive
Do not ask your children
to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable,
but it is a way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder
and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting
tomatoes, apples and pears.
Show them how to cry
when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure
in the touch of a hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them.
The extraordinary will take care of itself.
Santana's top 10 list ----->
Not one thing can be bought in a store that defines who she is and what she loves.