Wednesday, July 20, 2005

the cost of squabbling

From my journal, two summers ago:

“Did you have fun with Mandy today?” I asked Tera at bedtime.

She shook her head. “Not really.”

“No? Why not?”

She rubbed the edge of her favorite pink blanket as she recounted the day’s events. “First, she didn’t want to have a popsicle. She wanted a cookie. But you said we could have a popsicle and you never said we could have cookies, so I told her ‘Too bad – you have to have a popsicle.’”

I hid my smile.

“Then, I wanted to play Barbies, but she wanted to jump on the trampoline. So we had a big fight about that, and then I remembered that you always say I should let my guest choose, so I went and jumped on the trampoline – which I didn’t want to do but I did ‘cause I was s’posed to,” she emphasized.

“After that we got in the pool and I got mad ‘cause she wouldn’t stop splashing me and she got mad back and said I was a baby. Then we fought about who got the blue towel. I didn’t want the orange one ‘cause it’s not soft.”

She thought for another minute. “Oh, and we fought about who got to hold the kitten first, what movie to watch, and who got to use the Scooby Doo cup.”

She sighed and rubbed her eyes.

“All that fighting was a lot of hard work,” she said. “I think tomorrow we’ll just try to get along.”

Good plan, girl.

“Let us agree to use all our energy in getting along with each other.” --Romans 14:19a (Msg)

4 Comment:

At 7/20/2005 9:13 AM, Blogger Bill and Glory had this to say ...

Oh, this one hits home like a rocket! I think I'll let Elizabeth read it sometime today.

BTW, Bill and I are actually thinking of visiting next weekend so we would be in your church on the 31st. I'll bring along the CD demo copy of Eyes Open Wide to give you.

At 7/20/2005 10:37 AM, Blogger Jimmy had this to say ...

Gosh, a perfect example of "out of the mouths of children". Why is it that children can learn a lesson like that so easily and we adults just keep on and on at each other? Tera needs to run for political office!
Thanks for the article, Shannon, and hope things are going well this summer.

At 7/20/2005 8:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous had this to say ...

A friend just directed me to you and I will be back again. I loved this post. My 5 year old often teaches me with her little snippets of wisdom...


At 7/29/2005 2:02 AM, Blogger purple_kangaroo had this to say ...

"All that fighting was a lot of hard work"--so true!


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