As I was hiking this weekend a small caterpillar crawling on the ground near my feet caught my eye.  I immediately stopped to observe and said out loud "Thanks Jack!"  I was referring to my 8 year old son Jack who's constantly discovering tiny little creatures right at his feet.  When he makes these discoveries, he immediately stops in his tracks and takes the time to observe and investigate whatever he's found. A few of these furry little friends have become reluctant "pets" providing hours of entertainment before being released back into the wild.  While Jack wasn't with me on this hike, seeing the caterpillar reminded me of a recent epiphany I'd shared with him.  

I'm an avid photographer always scanning the horizon for the perfect shot. I'm quite observant, taking in the details of nature that surround me; everything from colors to textures draw my attention. But, I've come to realize that I'm often so caught up in the bigger picture that I sometimes miss the tiny details right in front of me.  Jack has taught me to slow down and pay more attention to my surroundings.  And the shift have been amazing! I love sharing my tiny discoveries with those around me and of course I also love photographing them.  But I'll be honest, more often than not it's my boys spotting the really cool stuff.  I guess I'm just lucky to have such amazing kids as my tour guides!

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Comment by Holly A. Hunter on October 18, 2011 at 2:14pm
Kathy, I just realized that you live in Mesa, AZ!  I'm in Cave Creek.  Maybe sometime you can make it out to one of our hikes or get togethers for my family nature club, The Active AZ Families.  We have such a wonderful time and have met so many amazing nature loving families!  Might be a great way to spread the word about your book too.
Comment by Holly A. Hunter on October 18, 2011 at 2:11pm

Thanks Kathy!  It's funny how you actually refer more than once to seeing things "through the eyes of a child." Yes, your book seems to perfectly fit what I'm talking about!

On a side note, when Jack was in 1st grade I had his teacher tell me he was sure he had ADHD because he was so great at spotting it!  I was shocked!  While Jack has always been very energetic he is also amazingly observant and gifted in more "natural" ways.  When we are outdoors he is so at peace and mellow...just like me! He may chat a lot about his surroundings, but I love that!!  That reminds me of your gift for story telling. He appreciates nature and has a vision for the tiny details.  

I went to Jack's 3rd grade parent/teacher conference today and learned he has straight A's.  No mention of ADHD or him being a problem, but instead she told me we've done a wonderful job with him, he's a great leader, he's funny and a joy to have in class.  My heart is still soaring...

Comment by Kathy Parra on October 18, 2011 at 8:07am

Hi again Holly,

 

My latest share of Love is the Color of a Rainbow might service better in how this blog relates to what I was sharing! have a look see...

 

http://www.hipmum.com/2011/10/love-is-the-color-of-a-rainbow/

Comment by Kathy Parra on October 18, 2011 at 7:51am

Holly,

 

I feel you might like my new children's nature book! it very much resonates to what you share!....

 

www.kathyparra.com

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