Ann Lamott, says that as writers we need to help others regain a sense of “wonder, of seeing things anew, things that catch us off guard, that break our small, bordered worlds.” She encourages us to follow a child around, and to take note of what they see and the enthusiasm in which they notice.
So I did.
I followed her.
I forced myself to listen.
And this is what she noticed.
- “Oh, I woke up this morning. I woke up this morning!”
- “Breakfast, breakfast, breakfast! Breakfast is dish-us!” (Translation: dish-us = delicious, and don’t be too impressed, breakfast was cereal).
- "I love you little, little, poor guy. I do!" (Picture tiny ladybug struggling for its life).
- "Look! Look! A bird flying high. Catch it! Catch it! Catch it!" (Random bird bouncing around in the neighbor's grass).
- "Eeeek! A shoe! A shoe! A shoe! This orange shoe is my favorite!" (The shoe is actually yellow, and it is a Polly Pocket shoe, and there is only one because I happily vacuum up any Polly Pocket gear I see).
What do you want to jump and show your readers? If you could grab them by the hand, and lead them somewhere amazing, what would you show them? What does your writing scream?
Counting each of these as big blessings with the other Ann, the one who makes us search out and appreciate the little stuff.
Also, linking with my friends at Soli Deo Gloria Sisterhood.