Do not ask your children
to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable,
but it is the way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder
and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting
tomatoes, apples and pears.
Show them how to cry
when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure
in the touch of a hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them.
The extraordinary will take care of itself."
— William Martin (The Parent's Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for Modern Parents)
The experience of life itself is an extraordinary experience. How does my hand work? It's a miracle! How does a plant grow? Another miracle! Breath? Another miracle! The book The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs (224 pages, 2007) is a book for kids. The book narrates the story of a little girl who lives on a farm but longs to see the Seven Wonders of the World! She gradually realizes that wonderful things are happening all the time, all around her! :)