His eyes light up. No words, but you can tell his heart is beating faster.
You watch him hunch over, close to the ground. He’s in his own little world. A perfect world where there is adventure and happy endings happen every day.
Then you see him capture something in his hands. He’s careful. In fact, you’ve never seen him move with the care he is showing now. He turns toward you slowly. Again, you see the light in his eyes.
Holding up his clasped hands, he says, “Look, I caught a firefly.” His voice is barely above a whisper. You smile at the awe and wonder in his eyes.
You know this isn’t a perfect world, but you pray he’ll take his wonder with him everywhere he goes. You pray they all do.