Little Bitty

by Stefani on 16-April-2008

My oldest got a microscope for his birthday, a month or so back.

Since then, I’ve often heard, “you’ll never believe how cool a (insert everyday object) looks up close!”.

Feathers, leaves, rocks, dirt, pollen, fabric, paper, crackers, hair, you name it, it has gone under the microscope.

And he’s right. If ever you find yourself lost in a world that seems to be losing all it’s wonder, what with a Starbucks and a Walmart on every corner, houses built overnight, all in a too close row, and all the same, get a microscope. It will reaffirm what you already knew, somewhere deep down… the world is, down to the smallest detail, a thing of untold glory.

Under a microscope, a chicken feather is an icicle forest.

Chicken Feather

And leaves contain mighty rivers.

Leaves Have Rivers In Them

I know that the wisdom of the day is to not “Sweat the Small Stuff” and I get that, I do, but I’m thinking that, on the other hand, the small stuff is kind of where the treasure lies.

All These Wonders of The World

A little boy, in a little minute, learns a little trick… how to break off a honeysuckle blossom, pull out the stamen, and suck the single little drop of nectar. A trick he learned from his mother, who learned it from hers.

Little legs swinging, sticky syrup kisses, and “good morning, can you pass the milk please”, “Mama can I have one more piece of french toast?”.

French Toast

Little sun’s up ceremonies – our daily bible reading, the pre-tickle session question, “boy, you look taller today! Did you grow overnight?” Little bitty things, little small details, that just mean the whole world.

I’m not so sure that the devil’s really in the details, because I think maybe that’s where heaven lies.

jessica April 16, 2008 at 9:28 pm

May I ask what kind of microscope it is? We’re in the market for one!

Lauri April 16, 2008 at 9:49 pm

Love this post – really needed to be reminded of what’s important – thanks!

Amanda April 16, 2008 at 10:24 pm

I’ll be making some of those grocery cards tonight! I always ask “what do we need at the shops?” and no one is especially interested in helping me. This may change their minds! Plus we will definately be getting a microscope some day as we are homeschooling too. My eldest is due to go to school next year but will be staying home to learn with mama. Can I ask how much the microscope was?

Relyn April 16, 2008 at 10:26 pm

I love your thoughts in this post, and I think you are exactly right. God’s fingerprints are so evident in the little things. Here is are some of my little things, for you.

~ the way my daughter comes home every day with blue, pink, and red marker smeared all over her hands, face, and clothes – just like her Momma

~ the way her tiny hand feels in mine and how she squeezes so tightly when she is excited

~ the look on my husbands face when I greet him at the end of the day. In 16 years, it’s still the same.

~ dogwoods, azaleas, and redbuds – the whole world is turning pink

kristin April 17, 2008 at 4:47 am

well, okay, girl, you just spoke to my heart.

thank you.

erin April 17, 2008 at 5:28 am

you and your words…you get me every time.

cyndi April 17, 2008 at 6:31 am

so true

molly April 17, 2008 at 7:03 am

after i read this post, I walked into my kitchen. All the girls were in there with me, even the baby. The girls were scrambling their own eggs and were in aprons, Patty Griffin was on the radio. It was the little details that were getting me. And I think thanks to reading your post, I noticed them and relished them.

like erin said, you get me every time.

megan April 17, 2008 at 8:01 am


Crystal April 17, 2008 at 8:22 am


You got it right.

Amy April 17, 2008 at 9:04 am

Yes! The details are the best part.

Lisa Clarke April 17, 2008 at 9:12 am

I can’t wait until our honeysuckle blooms! I have to share that trick with my boys. My mother shared it with me, too.

wesleyjeanne April 17, 2008 at 9:19 am

This is truly lovely and beautifully written. I do so love those little things.

Diane April 17, 2008 at 9:58 am

Mmm, lovely. That mention of honeysuckle brought back some sweet memories… right outside the yard at school there was a big mess of honeysuckle when I was in grade school and I used to go there every day at recess when it was in bloom and sip up nectar like crazy. Thanks for reminding me!

Lorilee April 17, 2008 at 10:52 am

I love to steal the honeysuckle nectar too! Soon that will be here again in our part of the US. You are so right! The small stuff is the big picture. At least in our little world …

miss chris April 17, 2008 at 1:08 pm

ack. You got me on a girlie hormone day and now I’m a puddle. Good stuff, the small things. Not so little, indeed.

Danielle April 17, 2008 at 1:29 pm

Isn’t that the truth! Taking a moment to really look into my son’s face, at an unguarded moment, was so eye-opening for me the other day. Thank you for your lovely post … and we are considering a microscope for our son’s approaching 5th birthday. I think this may have sealed my decision to go for it. One of the things I love about having children is sharing their view of the world. It is often so surprising and revelatory.

Liz April 17, 2008 at 7:47 pm

You really have a way of saying things that just makes a person… stop. Thanks.

happymamaof3 April 18, 2008 at 4:59 am

one of my favorite posts yet! you spoke the truth.

Jill April 20, 2008 at 11:46 am

Amen, sister!

Aimee Greeblemonkey April 28, 2008 at 6:57 am

My hubby is so jealous of the microscope.

Laura May 2, 2008 at 11:44 am

during the hustle and bustle of the everyday… I too forget about the smaller things in life that REALLY matter. Your post was (is) beautiful and I’m definitely a better person for reading it. Families and children are meant to be cherished… every day.

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