Monday, August 12, 2013

What You Don't Want To Do




We'd torn the house apart looking for the needed handout that went with the homework. Somewhere between school and home, or between home and now, the paper was lost in the house or the neighborhood. I'd exhausted all my ideas of where it could be, and the only option the child had left was to return to school the next day and ask her teacher for another copy.

"But, Mom," she wheedled. "I don't want to... I'm going to get in trouble for losing it."

I patted her hand. "I know, baby.  I don't think you're going to get in trouble, but I understand not wanting to admit that you lost it.  I don't see another option, though."

She sighed.

"Baby, sometimes this is what growing up is.  Sometimes you do what you don't want to do...  because you have to or because it's the right thing to do.  And you know what, even as a grown-up, it doesn't really get easier. But, you do it anyway.  Because that's what growing up is."

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Monday .......................... What You Don't Want To Do
Tuesday ......................... Forgiveness When You're Still Hurting
Thursday ................... Kindness When You Want to Lash Out
Friday ........................ Apologizing When You Don't Feel Wrong
Monday (again) ......... Commitment When You Want to Quit

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