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Parenting with a Story by Paul Smith

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TWENTY-THREE

Appreciation of Beauty

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.

—CONFUCIUS

Peter learned a lifelong lesson about appreciating beauty in arguably one of the most beautiful places on earth—Rocky Mountain National Park, outside Boulder, Colorado. Perhaps not too surprising a place to learn a lesson about beauty. But the way he learned the lesson was far less expected: he forgot his camera.

Peter visited the park the summer before his senior year of high school as part of a two-week church trip. On one of those days, their agenda was a full-day hike to Bear Lake, one of the most popular locations in the park. They left their campsite first thing in the morning and wouldn’t return until 4 p.m. About one hour into the hike, ...

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