Magic found in the small things

No matter my age I always find a childlike joy in the simplest of things…
At Christmas time these beetles arrive and as Aussies we know them as Christmas beetles..
Their carapace’s are usually the most iridescent of turquoise blue purple and emerald..
I remember when one of our sons Christopher was little ..I sat in the backyard with him and we studiously watched this adorable beetle on the ground..
Chris’s little hands were clasped and his little chubby fingers very still…a rarity for a child that woke up at full speed and went to bed the same way..
We sat and I talked to him about beetles and creatures..much as I always did with all the kids….loving that time when a parent can make magic for a child with a simple story …a time when lessons for life about respect for the world we live in is forged..
We sat and watched as this little creature waddled along on the ground amongst the browning grass of summer and with heat radiating down.
The moment of magic arrived…..all of a sudden this little beetle opened it’s wings and took flight…
The magic was the reaction of Christopher…as it took off he was so intent watching that it startled him…did he cry…did he try and squash it..no
his whole little body just shivered..like you do when you get a chill all of a sudden…or something seems creepy…he wasn’t scared at all he simply got caught up in the moment.
This little boy who is now a married man …you see the magic is that I will always remember that sunny summer day when a little boy who was always so busy spent time with his mum on the ground watching a beetle…
See the small things this weekend as you may never know just how big an impact they will have on your life:)

Me and my little friend the Xmas Beetle

Me and my little friend the Xmas Beetle