Magic found in the small things


No matter my age I always find a childlike joy in the simplest of things…
At Christmas time these beetles arrive and as Aussies we know them as Christmas beetles..
Their carapace’s are usually the most iridescent of turquoise blue purple and emerald..
I remember when one of our sons Christopher was little ..I sat in the backyard with him and we studiously watched this adorable beetle on the ground..
Chris’s little hands were clasped and his little chubby fingers very still…a rarity for a child that woke up at full speed and went to bed the same way..
We sat and I talked to him about beetles and creatures..much as I always did with all the kids….loving that time when a parent can make magic for a child with a simple story …a time when lessons for life about respect for the world we live in is forged..
We sat and watched as this little creature waddled along on the ground amongst the browning grass of summer and with heat radiating down.
The moment of magic arrived…..all of a sudden this little beetle opened it’s wings and took flight…
The magic was the reaction of Christopher…as it took off he was so intent watching that it startled him…did he cry…did he try and squash it..no
his whole little body just shivered..like you do when you get a chill all of a sudden…or something seems creepy…he wasn’t scared at all he simply got caught up in the moment.
This little boy who is now a married man …you see the magic is that I will always remember that sunny summer day when a little boy who was always so busy spent time with his mum on the ground watching a beetle…
See the small things this weekend as you may never know just how big an impact they will have on your life:)

Me and my little friend the Xmas Beetle

Me and my little friend the Xmas Beetle

41 thoughts on “Magic found in the small things

  1. what an awesum story bev !! will they leave now until Christmas as you are now approaching winter… ( that sounds crazy as we are two weeks out until summer !!! ) β™₯β™₯β™₯β™₯β™₯ laura

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    • Hahaha the pic was taken at xmas time..they tend to disappear until summer so we haven’t had any for a few months..we started winter last week so it’s nice and chilly now πŸ™‚ took the pups out for a before bed tinkle and the fog is rolling in and it’s only 5c ..love it..:) thanks my sweets I remember the story like it was yesterday…all of 26 years ago now… πŸ˜‰ Bev xx ❀ ❀

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  2. Bless you it just reminded us of a simple afternoon collecting butterflies for my mother. It was her birthday yesterday. Sweet memories and thank you invoking that one for us. Have a fabulous Friday.
    Best wishes Molly

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    • h thank you Molly I am so glad you had a lovely memory bought to mind πŸ™‚ see it is magic πŸ™‚ sending our love to you all and birthday loves to! Fozziemum xxx

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    • Hahhahh thankyou πŸ™‚ and yes I may wear overalls and bust a gut fencing etc..but no need not to have glam nails :)have a great weekend guys πŸ™‚ hugs Fozziemum x

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  3. Cool beetle!! I would love to see one in real life. We have some neat looking beetles here the past few years. Today I had a brown & orange beetle sit beside me for the longest time…I should have gotten a piccie but I was so busy wathcing him…you know how that works…..
    I remember when my Father got me a book about Ants & then we would watch Ants…my Mother thought us mad but it was a wonderful experience….
    Love Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue xoxo

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    • Sherri-Ellen I am so glad you had a beetle visit πŸ™‚ these small things are so big in terms of even time out to relax and watch them..and I am glad you had that time with your dad πŸ™‚ not mad…in tune Love Bev xxx

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  4. Funny we both had beetle visits yet live so far apart…sould beetles perhaps???
    I agree it waas lovely just sitting out & no one bugging me & I was readig a good book & enjoying Nature.
    My Father used to take me hiking in the woods also…he tool me with him everywhere & taught me so many things! He was one amazing man….I have so many memories…. ❀
    Love Sherri-Ellen xo

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    • I am glad Sherri-Ellen..the beetle pic was from Xmas..they are long gone with the cold now πŸ™‚ gone under cover to keep warm πŸ™‚ I used to entertain myself as a child..always..a world of my own was much better than a world with the dysfunctional mayhem πŸ™‚ I must away and finish this sewing and work on another cardie for sweet feets….damn Pizap….Love Bev xx ❀ ❀

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  5. Aww a lovely story. Eeek bugs! I am a big old baby when it comes to bugs… but I love Christmas, hmm I wonder if we had them here if I would have a fondness for them just because of the name? It’s probable. After all, I am not scared of ladybirds because they are happy looking with their polka dots! If they were plain old black I almost can guarantee I’d be petrified of them!!
    I think I’ll pop the Christmas Beetles on the approved list, thanks Bev!
    Hugs, Carrie and pups x

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    • Hahaahah hey are too pretty indeed to be scared of..i adore them πŸ™‚ maybe if they wee like cockroaches I would think differently πŸ™‚ hugs and loves to you all Bev xxx

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  6. LOL Bev that Pizap card sure gave you some grief didn’t it?? Thank you for a lovely card!! Best one EVER!!!!!
    As for living in your own world as a child I too did the same. I used to bring frogs, salamanders & garter snakes home to my Grandparents here. They were raising me. They never got upset & always admired my ‘friends’. After about 1/2 hour my Nanna would suggest I take the said creature back to where I found it because its parents; granparents or siblings wold be looking for their family member…I always did! Nanna taught me a valuable lesson & I remember when my Niece would bring critters home & my Sister would freak & i would tell her I would handle things! You guessed it! I let Vicki keep her critter for 1/2 hour & tell her what my nanna did & we would return the animal to its rightful place. Vicki grew up respecting animalz & w/out fear of them too…This did not work when I was raising my Sister tho’…you win some; you lose some, lol!!!!
    Live Sherri-Ellen xo

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