Last night after work, Shelby asked to go to the playground. I hemmed & hawed I just wasn't in the mood. I wanted to stay home to hibernate in the comfort of my comfy pants & over-sized t-shirt but, Shelby's cute pouty face won the battle; headed to the playground we were. I brought my new DSLR camera in hopes of learning some of its functions.
As soon as Shelby's feet hit the ground, she took off in a sprint to join the gaggle of kids already running & playing tag. I sat on the side watching her giggle & play while taking the occasional candid photo of her romping through the cedar chips with her new friends.
Some time passed when Shelby came to sit next to me. I asked if she was tired, of course, she told me no, she just wanted to know where Noah was.
Noah is a young boy who Shelby met at another playground a few weeks prior. Noah is the kind of kid every parent wants their kid(s) to befriend. He's kind, & considerate, funny & playful. He is mindful of the other kiddos & it's obvious he adores playing with toddlers. I wouldn't be surprised if he grows up to be a teacher, mentor, or another profession that allows him to use his compassion to help others in some capacity.
By this time Noah's mom had come to say 'hello' & introduce herself. We chit-chatted for a bit before heading down to the field where the kids had gathered.
We spent the next half hour or so watching the kids run. They giggled & laughed, threw cartwheels & somersaults on the grass, it was a good old fashion fun day in the neighborhood, & I was over-the-moon with gratitude that I sucked it up & took Shelby to the playground instead of sitting at home to sulk.
Being the introvert that I am, I tend to spend a lot of time analyzing situations & absorbing details of my surroundings. I'm a solitary creature for sure, Shelby, on the other hand, absolutely is not. She thrives on interaction with others & through her, I have learned to embrace a part of my personality that I didn't know existed. Through her, I have started to experience relationships with people differently & because of people like Noah & his mom, Tammy, I feel a little safer in doing so.
I think it's important to remember that despite all the horrendous stories consuming our local news reports, there are good people & good things happening in the world. It's not all doom & gloom. I think it's also important to remind ourselves that when we're feeling down, there's only one person who can change the way we're feeling, & that's ourselves. I decided to force myself to go to the playground, & the universe took over from there, but I had to take the first step.
I hope Shelby & myself have many more nights like that one, great memories to have for a lifetime.