So we’re walking down the beach. Catching a genuine emotion the instant it happens with a child is rare, but I managed to snap this one of Lucy today when she realized a sea turtle was indeed right in front of her:
If you know my daughter, and have had the experience of watching The Discovery Channel or Animal Planet with her, you can understand that we may all go home now, utterly and completely fulfilled. We spent 20 minutes just looking into the turtle’s eyes, as it tried to fall asleep. Truly, these creatures are so cute as to be ridiculous. And it helps that they think us humans are fascinating.
As we started hiking back up the hill, Lucy said, “Can I touch it once on its back? I might not ever have this experience in my life again.” The only thing I could think was, man oh man, I’d move mountains to make sure she would.