My daughter has this same joyful abandon in opening letters from Farmor (her grandmother). She shreds the envelope however she can get a finger in to be able to get to her card. She tells me all about every detail of the picture on the front and then wants to know what each word says inside. Even after we have read it a time or two she will pick random words and say "what do these letters say?"
I love her inquisitiveness and her love of letters. I love her sharp mind working to figure out how the letters make a word. And most of all I love her enthusiasm!
I'm so grateful for the reminder to let go sometimes and just live with joyful abandon. I'm grateful for the reminder of how wonderful it feels to be filled with excitement over seemingly "little" things. I'm grateful Farmor takes the time each week or two to send my daughter mail. I'm grateful to hear my daughter's thoughts and she writes a letter back, drawing line after horizontal line of thoughts she believes she is writing to Farmor. (I'm grateful to be able to put a note inside the letter to translate at least some of those lines for my mother-in-law.) I'm grateful for the realization that horizontal lines mean sentences, vertical lines mean individual letters (usually her name) and the swirls and squiggles are her drawings. I'm grateful for my daughter's beautiful mind! I'm grateful to watch my daughter burst with joy and I'm grateful to know I can allow myself the same abandon.
When was the last time you allowed yourself to feel unbridled joy? When was the last time you felt such excitement over something "little" because it was huge to your spirit?
May today remind us the feeling of joyful abandon. May we let go of the need to look "grown-up" or responsible and just express our joy as we feel it. May we give ourselves permission to just rip the envelope open. Have a beautiful day!