Little girl: Daddy, is it ok if I run away from you?

Daddy: Sure, as long as I can still see you.

The little girl looked up at her Daddy, grinned and ran ahead giggling…

…soon, she walked back and said, 

Daddy, I think I’ll walk with you a little while.

Daddy: Oh, I’m so glad. I’d like that.

I overheard the above conversation in February 2020 while meandering toward the exit of the Los Angeles Zoo. I was in LA speaking/attending a conference and gala and had a free Monday afternoon all to myself. So I hired an Uber and went for a second visit to the Griffith Observatory, which was closed. …Now what?

After a quick search I discovered that the LA Zoo was open and not too far away. What a treat – I walked the entire zoo that afternoon. I heard the powerful roar of a lion resonating throughout the ‘jungle’ and was blessed to witness the above exchange between a little girl and her daddy.

This conversation has stayed with me and with each remembrance, I smile. Isn’t this just like each of us?

We want to explore and journey away on great adventures, only to long for home – love, safety, comfort, rest, peace, bliss.

The daddy had an infant strapped and nestled against his chest. He was stocky with a strong build, bearded, with several tattoos, and had the kindest patience with his approximately three-year-old daughter.

Around another bend, after communing with an elephant, I stopped to take this picture looking skyward through blossoms of a tulip tree.

Little Girl: Daddy, what is she doing?

Daddy: Why don’t you ask her?

Me: I’m enjoying the beautiful blossoms. My daddy helped me plant a tulip tree gifted by an uncle at my first house.

Noticing that the little girl looked confused, I asked,

Have you ever seen a tulip flower?

Little girl: [wide-eyed and admiring the blossoms, trees, and sky with me] No.

Me: Well, maybe your daddy will show you some pictures of tulips when you get home.

Her daddy nodded and said yes, they would once they were home.

We parted and I continued toward the zoo exit.

Enjoy all of life and be not afraid, for perhaps we have really never left home at all.

You are never alone.

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