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The Sonata of a child and a raspberry tree

November 3, 2011

How jaded we become as we grow older….

I watched through my kitchen window as the 5-year-old kid saw the raspberry fruit on a tree for the first time. A silent pleasure fountain bubbled in my heart as I watched one of life’s most magical moments unfold right before my eyes.

She had seen raspberries before but not on a tree. For a moment she stood motionless. Could that be real? she must have thought, or is it one of  “weird” JJ’s funny tricks?

Curiosity, not hunger, quickly got the best of her. She  extended her hand and reached for the ripe fruits.

As  the raspberry melted in her mouth, her eyes sparkled, and  she uttered a most adorable shriek laden with the kind of joy only kids can feel. Her heart was dancing to one of life’s mesmerizing, sacred symphonies.

Excitement swelled in my veins as the drama unfolded. The kid, now exhilarated,  reached for more with increasingly louder  laughter and faster swallows. “JJ…this is raspberry”, she screamed, her words tripping, her heart jumping, her eyes misting, and her cheeks turning intense red.

What was going through this kid’s head? I wondered. It was certainly not just the taste of the delicious snack. Was it the joy of a secret being revealed? Was it the intrigue mysteries evoke? Was it the innocent, uncontaminated pleasure of  learning something for the first time?

How magical  it was to feel the hypnotizing whispers of life on that kid’s innocent face.

Being jaded is a blight to one’s life. A  kid’s magical spirit can breathe life into anyone’s existence.

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