Spring is finally—slowly—arriving to East Tennessee, and most moms and kids alike are glad to see it. Instead of being stuck inside all day nearly every day, it’s finally possible to get out and play. Instead of bundling up from the moment you wake up until the moment you go to bed, you can wear flip flops and t-shirts, run around the house barefoot, and not have to worry too much about it. Outside, everything is beautiful as flowers start to bloom—and it’s more likely than not that your toddler is also discovering the beauty of the flowers.
Your first instinct is to lunge for them, preventing them from picking anything more than a weed. After all, once they’re out of the ground, they can’t go back; and it’s impossible to enjoy flowers that have withered and died because they’re no longer growing and no longer in water.
But what if you didn’t?