"People from a planet without flowers
would think we must be mad with joy the whole time
to have such things about us."
~Iris Murdoch, A Fairly Honourable Defeat

Friday, October 8, 2010

Finding Joy

Joy's smile is much closer to tears than laughter."
~Victor Hugo~





"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."
~Teddy Roosevelt~

My Grandson, the Bean, called the other night to tell me that he found a FIVE leaf clover. The excitement in his voice was a joyful noise in my ear. He had been looking for a four leaf clover in the lawn in his backyard. He kept at it and finally found the object of his quest.... even more. Not four but five leaves... for this little five year old. He was seeking, with his steady concentration and childlike hope, the proverbial "needle in the haystack". He found, to his delight, more than he wished for. It seems that effort is something that children understand when they are encouraged to try and that joy is the unexpected gift.

"Joy to the world,
All the boys and girls.
Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea,
Joy to you and me."

~hoyt axton~(1938-)
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12 comments:

Chef E said...

Ha, I love this! My son and I had wonderful moments in Spain, and it made me realize how well he is developing and maturing... I saw wild pheasants in Spain and took close up photos, and will share soon, oh and I saw wild turkeys, but it was hard to get the camera out that fast! But I got them going into the trees...

Terra said...

Oh to find a five leaf clover when all we desire is a four leaf! That is a darling story and your taste in poetry is kin to mine.

Anonymous said...

Amen sister!
Lucy

The 4 Bushel Farmgal said...

How sweet that he called you to share this! As adults, we forget to enjoy the little things :)

Debbie said...

Beautiful and my son still looks for 4 leaf clovers at age 24...actually so do I! Loved this.

jojo said...

sweet post, ah, the innocence of children...*sigh*

Madeline's Album said...

What a sweet story. I am so glad he shared his big moment with you. I love looking for four leaf clovers. Your quotes and pictures are great. Have a blessed day. Madeline

Peg @ Bloomfield Farm said...

What a sweet and uplifting post! It reminds us all to find joy in the small things.

Tatersmama said...

Ahhh... what a sweet, sweet story! May the Bean always find more than he's looking for!

Jan Ely said...

I can't wait for the kind of love you have with your grandkids. The last fortune cookie I got said a short stranger will fill ny life with blessings. So I'm waiting...

Roslyn said...

Oh my they are such a joy, Farmlady, I am pooped from an 18 month old, had him all but a few hours since Friday morning & I get him back at 7am .But I love him to bits & wouldn't trade a minute if it you can;t get it back can you? Life is fragile & uncertain & the older we get the more we understand that. I know the Bean & his little brother bless you greatly!

Heidi Ann said...

I love that about the five-leaf clover! How sweet.
(Were those turkeys on your property? What gorgeous birds they are!)