Yesterday we went to a local farm and orchard to pick apples! This has been a favorite pastime of ours for many years, but it felt like a brand new experience this year. Peter loved picking his first apples!
Running through the trees and finding any apple he could get his hands on, Peter had the time of his life. “Ahhhhpull! Ahhhpull!” Picking up those mostly good apples that fell on the ground and taking a bite. Finding a new apple on the ground and dropping the current one. Trying to climb the ladder. Making his rounds up and down the orchard lanes as if he were inspecting his beloved harvest. Dropping the apples in a brown paper bag, and then leaning in to grab some more.
I was reflecting on how beautiful it was to see him so happy, and so taken with the apples. Just being there and running around in the sun. Peter shows us that the simple things in life truly are the best. Here is a little boy who loves being outside and can’t wait to get his hands on an apple. He doesn’t care about phones, or candy, or anything else. He is reveling in the glory of God’s creation.
It made me think again about how little we need to truly be happy. To truly be joy-filled. Parenting is a humbling experience in many ways, but this simple reminder that God’s creation is our delight was an awesome lesson on life from our one-year-old boy. He’s the best.