Well, do you? Or is your shadow just one of those things you take for granted, like most of us?
This morning, I was blessed to be able to join in with a child’s wondrous adventures as she played with her shadow. She was a little way ahead of me on the path, holding on to her grandma’s hand, skipping and chattering away nineteen-to-the-dozen.
Suddenly she turned around and waved. Not to me, but to her shadow. “Look Grandma, look at my shadow. My shadow is waving to me”. Her grandma looked over her shoulder and said “Oh yes, darling, it is. Wave back to your shadow” … and so the game continued. As I continued to walk behind, smiling broadly, the little girl stopped waving at her shadow and turned back to her Grandma and said “Grandma, my shadow is happy. I have a happy shadow”.
As they had slowed down, I went to move past them on the path and realised I had stepped on her shadow. “Oh no! I am so sorry. How very rude of me, I stepped on your shadow”, I said to the little girl. Her grandma smiled at me and the little girl replied, “Don’t worry, she is still happy – look!” She turned around and waved at her shadow, who gaily waved back at her.
Oh the innocence of childhood! The daily miracles of life unfolding – how magical to be in that frame of mind, where our imagination dances with creativity and, in turn, creates magic.
I felt incredibly blessed to be witness to the magic of life through this young girl’s eyes this morning and do you know? I turned around quickly and caught my shadow dancing, so I reckon she must be a happy shadow too!
Go on … take a look at your shadow and let us know what you discover …