Gaia, The Beloved

There is magic in everyday life. To see it, you need only to walk in the forest with a young child. Every fallen branch holds wonder. Every bird song is the most beautiful ever heard.

A week ago, I walked with my 4-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter to a part of our property that my children call “The Waterfall”. The water here only falls ten inches. If you were two inches tall, it might qualify as a waterfall. I am five and a half feet tall, so for me, it is a spring.

Adin, my son, tells me that here, at The Waterfall, there are Water Nymphs. If we are very quiet and still, we will see them. He has a very stern expression when he hushes us. Maya and I were enjoying the water beads that danced across the surface of the spring.

I asked him what he would do if he saw a Water Nymph. “I’d pet it” he says smiling. He then forces the smile away and hushes me again. Maya and I stepped a few steps away to examine a mushroom. Adin is squatting, perfectly still. Waiting.

He didn’t see a Water Nymph that day – but he did that night.

The next morning Adin leapt out of bed. (When my son gets out of bed it is reminiscent of a toaster popping out a very light piece of toast). He says: “Mommy! I pet one! I pet a Water Nymph!”

”What was it like?” I smile, watching his full-body gestures as he tells his story.

“Veerrrrrry soft,” Adin’s hands make stroking motions in the air.

“How tall were they?” I ask.

“This big!” He moves his hand one foot off the ground. “They get very, verrrrry big and very, verrrrry small!”

The magic is there. Sparkling in his eyes. They dance with the wonder of it all. The magnificence of life – of his life, of ours, on our living planet. For Adin, not only is our planet alive, she is a beloved friend.

Gaia, The Beloved

Shanaya

Cortes Island, Canada

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This is a true story.

My family and I are blessed to live in a magical place. Most often, I see the magic when my childrens eyes begin to dance, and they share what they have seen.

To be honest, I only see magic through their eyes. My eyes have been taught to see “reality”.

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