The red spot in the yard.
As we grow up we learn how to pick out what's wrong. Which one of these kids is different? Which one doesn't belong?
A few weeks ago I was standing on our deck looking through the trees in our back yard. Our house borders a small plot of land owned by the town. Most days, the town parks its leaf truck on the gravel driveway there. The leaf truck is large and bright red. It is ugly and impossible to miss.
As I looked at the stain parked next door and contemplated a painting commando mission, my daughter walked up to me.
"What are you looking at Daddy?" she asked.
"The big red thing over there. See it?" I said.
She looked around for a minute and then lit up. "Oh! Daddy, a cardinal! How pretty!"
I had completely missed the bird a few feet in front of us.
It is easy to pick out what's wrong. It is harder, and much more valuable, to see what's right.