There is no doubt that Josiah adores his toys. But now that sweet summer is gracing us with it's presence, I've found more and more that Si will sit outside and play quietly for a loooong time with the simplest of things. Always with a grin or a look of concentration on his face.
small ball. piece of chalk. water in a bucket. little dust pan. collection of tiny sticks. cup with stones.
I'll even occasionally look over and find him just sitting quietly on the porch step taking in everything around him. The breeze blowing his dark hair.
It's almost like he knows that while summer is a time for jumping and shouting and running, it's also a time for peace and slowing down and savoring the moment and finding joy in the smallest of things. And I can't help but join him.
I love all the little lessons I learn from my toddler. This is one of them.