Skagit Valley Tulip Festival | Mount Vernon, Washington
Mount Vernon is my favorite place in Washington during the early spring months. Every year, daffodils, tulips, and irises turn the fields beautiful red, yellow, pink, purple, and white. To me, there’s nothing more stunning than rows and rows of flowers against the blue of the Cascade Mountains in the distance.
I have been to the tulip festival a couple of times over the years, but sharing the experience with Luke this year has made this visit my favorite of all. The enthusiasm children have when exploring is simply contagious. Instead of avoiding the sticky mud puddles, we stomped through them. Instead of dodging in and out of the crowds and quickly snapping my photos, we stopped and admired each little flower.
Being the parent of a small child forces you to slow down and observe things from a whole new perspective. I’m certainly guilty of rushing Luke through what he wants to stop and examine in order to get to the things I think are interesting and important, but I do try to let him dictate our pace as often as I can remember. When I do, I’m blown away by how smart and observant he is and how easily he finds things I would have completely missed in my rushing.
It’s an important lesson, and one I have to learn and relearn, over and over. For now, I’m grateful for the constant reminder to take life a little more slowly and really savor the little pleasures that come my way.