Monday, March 18, 2013
I've always been a talker...
This old photo just cracks me up. That's a 7 or 8 year old me on the left and my 4 or 5 year old brother on the right. Our cousin, Darren, is in the middle. I don't remember why our mouths were taped shut. I think we must have been arguing with each other and just wouldn't stop. So, our Moms taped our mouths closed.
Look at Darren. See how he's so mad? He's just miserable and his punishment is a real punishment. He's choosing to pout instead of laugh. If you notice, Brett and I aren't upset at all. Look at me - I'm happy because I think I've pulled something over on Mom. I had figured out that you could talk around the tape. During our whole punishment, I talked any time Mom or Aunt Rita weren't looking. But Brett? Brett just thinks it's funny - look at the twinkle in his eyes. Notice the toys in his hands. He never needed to talk to have fun.
I sit here and grin at this 30-something year old picture, and I think there might just be a life lesson in it. We all face trials and difficulties. And, we all have a choice in how we respond to them. We can get mad and pout and generally not have any fun at all. We can try to solve the problem and enjoy figuring it all out. Or, best of all, we can be like my brother. We can laugh, smile, and know that our time of trials will pass soon enough. We can remember that 15 minutes will be up before too long and Mom will let us take off the tape. In the mean time, why not laugh a little and enjoy a Little Golden Book?
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