Tuesday, May 10, 2011

We almost lost him.

Sooner or later, we all learn that there are things in life that we have to do whether we want to or not. From cleaning up nasty things around the house, to work assignments we don't enjoy, to putting up with people that are somehow forced into our lives and we have to deal with, we all face things that we don't like.

I suppose it is better to learn this early on and learn how to deal with it. For this very reason, we try not to let our kids off the hook whenever they are faced with things they don't like. This policy was nearly fatal to our youngest on Mother's Day.

Our daughters' piano recital was held at some Church building near the university and, since it was Mother's Day and it was his sisters' playing, we required our nine-year old to attend with us.

Granted, the old wooden pews were a bit hard and, to undiscerning ears, the classical songs could get a bit long after a while, but it was generally an enjoyable afternoon. So, I think he was over-reacting at least a little when he curled up in a ball and started to cry. At least he was quiet about it.

After just a couple minutes of this, he wrote his mom a note, letting her know that he was going to die there. I don't if she included in her reply how much she would miss him, but she did let him know that it would be a convenient place to die, what with all the pretty music and the stained glass and whatnot. Surely it wouldn't be to hard to wrangle up a preacher for the affair.

Fortunately, he made it. And hopefully, even if he didn't learn anything, he at least got some practice in putting up with things that are not so enjoyable.

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