How Do You Walk?

About a month ago I told you about our youngest daughter’s propensity to run everywhere she goes (Do You Still Run?) – the excitement of the moment too intense to just stand around and watch. Well, let me tell you about our oldest daughter, Delaney – the exact opposite of Addy, but a whole lot like me…

Delaney walks everywhere she goes. Not out of protest or laziness, well not completely out of laziness, but out of her desire to soak life in. Some people have to stop and smell the roses. She needs to pick up her pace or else she could miss the entire bloom…

Last year in kindergarten, she became line leader – so she wouldn’t be left behind any more…

One of the reasons Delaney walks so much is because she is focused on seeing the best in people. No one is a stranger, which is a bit scary, especially after she earned a quarter from an elderly lady in the bathroom. She held the door for her until she was completely in…her stall…

Another reason she walks is because her current activity is the most exciting thing she’s ever done – and she doesn’t want to leave…

Every time I make ribs, they are the best ever – regardless of how they turned out…

For a while, she would cry the night before leaving somewhere special because she didn’t want the experience to end…

Delaney is the girl who, after seeing dolphins for the first time, wanted to bring one home for dinner…

She is the one who, after running out of gas, asked if she could blow the whistle…

Being caught in the moment isn’t always the easiest thing to deal with though as Delaney typically cries the night before we have to leave some place special because she doesn’t want it to end…

She is also the girl who was so focused on smiling and waving goodbye to Addy that she walked into a column – like where the guy chases the girl riding on the train only to have the scene end with him ramming the sign…

Delaney makes me see life differently and appreciate the small details of life. She makes me value the experience more than the time and she makes sharing new adventures special…

So – how do you walk? Do you enjoy the life around you, or are you focused on getting to the next destination. Do you see the best in people, or are you worried they may impede your progress?

Is right now the best it’s ever been? It could be, if you let it…

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