Just the other day I was traipsing through the backyard releasing defeated sighs among clumsy footsteps. My new heels were sinking into the soft soil and the wind would not communicate with the sunlight for my photo shoot. With nearly 200 shots on my SD card already I wandered over to the less used tree; the skinny one with few branches and a light sway.
I was about to put the heel of my palm up against the trunk when something caught my eye.
A funny little leaf growing out of the middle of the tree. I didn't think anything of it in that instant, but something kept my hand from hitting the bark. I paused, arm mid swing, and did a double take at the odd little leaf protruding from the bark. A good gust rolled through and the green speck swayed back and forth, yet did not release. I began to question what I was looking at.
Had that leaf just moved?
Now I had lost all objective of my mission in the backyard, or concern for my increasingly muddy heels. I gingerly placed a hand above the magical leaf, leaning in and holding my breath. One blink, two blinks, three blinks, scamper. It moved again!
Now, I had seen creatures that camouflaged to fit into their environments before, but there was something almost poetic about this tiny little bug. Here this creature had adapted to survive in it's natural environment, and more than passably so if you ask me, but up close it was truly a beautiful work of art. The front of it's body was short and wide, stubby, like a folded leaf. The tip of it was slightly colored a rusty hue that faded back into green, like an aging plant. And it's many tiny little legs were almost translucent, like little tendrils or stems that might anchor a real leaf to it's base.
But, this week, I was reminded; no matter the layers we meticulously build on the outside, we are all equally beautiful and unique on the inside. May our clever disguises move us through life unharmed by those who would wish otherwise, and the vast intricacies make us exceptionally beautiful to those who stop to take the second glance and really look.
What Daughter Says: We all blend to adapt, but one of the biggest pleasures is beauty that shines when you stop to let the light in.