This morning as I was walking with my girls in the city, Ava heard a busker playing a violin. ‘What’s that noise mumma’? she asked me before urging me to go ‘closer mumma’. We stood in the shade and watched the young girl playing. Ava was mesmerised. She watched as a passerby dropped a few coins into a box in front of the violinist.
‘Can I have some money Mumma?’. Without saying a word, I handed her a few coins and watched as she quietly and confidently walked over and dropped the money into the box in front of the busker. I looked on in amazement that my not quite three year old was interested and moved enough to want to stop and watch this young girl playing her violin in the middle of a busy Perth mall. That she wanted to make her own contribution to her.
My daughter teaches me so much every day. To stop and be present. To enjoy the moment. To notice things. To have fun, to laugh and play. To be kind and considerate. Her capacity to be thoughtful is beyond her years. Recently one of her kindy teachers told me how Ava insisted on making three paintings. One for mummy, one for daddy and one for her ‘Chloe Bear’.
Just when I thought parenting was mostly about teaching things like manners, numbers and colours, I realise that my girls teach me so much more than I could have ever imagined.
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