tiny stars

Can we talk about small things for a moment? About the impossibly sweet and nostalgic accoutrements of childhood.
A little blue cardigan hanging from a big hallway hook.
Miniature shoes lined in tidy little rows.
Small, pudgy hands clutching smaller, balding Sylvanian rabbits, who in turn hold impossibly tiny jugs and teapots and cakes.
Most days I am immune to it, but some days… some days it is all I can see. The novelty of it, the faint ridiculousness. Knickers too small to conceivably house a human bottom; toothbrushes the size of a doll’s. It doesn’t last forever, & the tradgedy of that feels anything but little . These sweet, sweet things are a part of our world – as much a sign of existence as my own coat, as Rory’s big boots flaking mud in the hall. To think of them gradually replaced with full size equivalents feels like a loss – though of course it is merely an evolution.

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She is mistress of all that is small. Take her to a hotel and she locates the smallest chair and declares it her own. She sees he world divided this way: big things and little, for you and for me. I don’t correct her because, at three, it’s nice to think the world is organised. At 33 I’m more confused than ever about this stuff.

Small Orla – determined to be a big girl but occasionally desperate to be a baby. ‘I don’t want to be big’ she tells me, and I wrack my brains for advantages to sell it to her. You can drive? Too far off. You can watch more television?!

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Really, she’s right. Small is where it’s at; everything is cuter, simpler, less messy. Small is loveable as standard; like kittens v cats, full-size has to work so much harder for our affection. & yet we forget this, with so many things – big TVs, big cars, big collections of big, showy things.

So here’s to the small things in life. May we notice and love them all hugely.

17 Comments

  • Joey

  • September 16, 2016

You have that rare combination of wordsmith and ‘image-smith’ that makes me love your posts! And yes – small is definitely where it’s at – there’s no big selling points of being an adult 😛

  • Polly Rowan

  • September 12, 2016

This is such a beautiful post, so lovely that you are taking notice of these fleeting years xx

  • Kelsey Douglas

  • September 05, 2016

True, but I’m pretty sure I’m guilty of that ‘you know a couple of years ago’ usually means about 10 years ago! Ha.

  • Sara Tasker

  • September 05, 2016

thanks Elaine! ❤️ x

  • Sara Tasker

  • September 05, 2016

thank you Alexandra! She really is – I see her as queening over the tiny domain of everything little ❤️

  • Sara Tasker

  • September 05, 2016

haha! I like how you think, and I definitely agree – sparkly baby toes are where it’s at!

  • Sara Tasker

  • September 05, 2016

thanks Elizabeth! I totally agree x Except for with cakes, when bigger is better ?

  • Sara Tasker

  • September 05, 2016

thanks Kelsey! Yep, she’s the boss and generally right about everything. Except when she says ‘yesterday’ and means ‘any time previous to today, including two years ago’. That can get confusing

  • Sara Tasker

  • September 05, 2016

thanks Peta. It’s always good to be reminded of this – lately I’m too easily guilty of wishing the days away so it gets to bedtime!

  • Sara Tasker

  • September 05, 2016

thanks Rebecca! xox

  • Elaine (sunflowerof21)

  • September 04, 2016

What a lovely piece. Warms the heart.

Elaine

  • Alexandra M

  • September 04, 2016

She is absolutely darling and you captured everything about her and being small perfectly. I love your words – “She is mistress of all that is small.” xx

  • Barb

  • September 03, 2016

I didn’t think there was anything better on earth than baby toes. But then I saw your picture of baby toes with little tiny stars sprinkled on them!

  • Elizabeth Dalton

  • September 03, 2016

Such a lovely post, like all parts of life it’s the little things that are often the best ?

  • Kelsey Douglas

  • September 03, 2016

Beautiful post and beautiful cutie Orla. I’m pretty sure she’s right!

K.

http://www.wonderingthrough.co.uk

  • Peta

  • September 02, 2016

Aww what a beautiful post 🙂 enjoy every tiny precious moment with your small one <3 They're worth everything. xx

  • Rebecca Harrison

  • September 02, 2016

Lovely!

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