In the quiet, lazy days of summer, a young girl daydreams of the future.
The innocence of childhood is a truly beautiful thing.
Hailey, the artwork, captures this sense of quiet beauty, as a young girl focuses upon the flowers of spring. What is in her thoughts we don’t know, because as adults we too often project our thoughts – and worries – into the minds of others.
But if we stop for a moment and take ourselves back to our own childhoods, those warm spring and summer days when we were (momentarily) free from school and organized sports and all the groups that our parents thought it was so important that we join, we can remember the times when we did . . . simply nothing.
Our thoughts were gentle daydreams, almost musical compositions that played through our head. With a concentration that a scholar would envy, we stared at the sky, or the grass, the flowers, or pet a nearby cat, and we just focused on what was in front of us.
Because the thoughts of children do not go along the lines of those of adults – the facts, the figures, the project estimations, the financial predictions, the analysis of the “news” – we tend to think that those thoughts are not important. But it is because children's thoughts do not go the route of adults that they are so very important, and worth emulating.
“What are you thinking about?” is not only a good question to ask a child; it is even better to listen to the answer, thoughtfully and respectfully, and follow their reasoning.
Children are not little adults. They are children: they think like children, believe like children, wonder like children, and trust like children. Their innocence, which we as adults have a sacred trust to respect and trust, is a valuable attribute – too easily lost as we grow up – that we can seek to reacquire.
Hailey has been featured in 31 Fine Art America groups.
1st Place Winner -- Thank Heaven for Little Girls contest by ROAR -- August 2018
August 23rd, 2017
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