Little Men's Big Boy's last visit to Texas, we were eating at the Cracker Barrel and each boy had $5 they could spend. Alex quickly found a b-yue (not light b-yue, but dark b-yue) rubbery, plastic worm-like creature for about half his budget. Roo, on the other hand, was enamored with this little mechanical Chihuahua. The Chihuahua cost more than Roo had. Now, any of you who are grandparents KNOW the temptation is to help a little guy out... but, I have long believed we have to teach the hard stuff, too... What a bummer!!
So, I talked with Roo about how his Momma and Noni often have to WAIT on things we really want... and work... and save... And, that sometimes it's hard. Especially when your brother HAS something he bought and is playing with while you have to walk out empty handed.
It was a sad day... Noni offered some job opportunities. The boys are used to doing chores at home to earn their money (though, if you read here... you can see that Roo is not highly motivated by cash). I promised to take him back if he earned enough to get Chi Chi. And, Little Roo worked and worked and worked.
He worked some more the next day. There were times he would just break down and want to go back and get a blue worm like Alex "RIGHT NOW"... but, we would gently remind him that he really didn't want THE WORM... he was just wanting SOMETHING. We would talk about Chi Chi and he would resolve to wait... with the saddest little face.
They were at other family member's homes the next couple of days; and, before we knew it, it was LATE the night before they were leaving at 6 AM the next day. As tired as we were, I knew we needed to finish up this lesson... and hold true to our word. So, Pop Pop and I gathered Roo and Alex and headed to the about-to-close Cracker Barrel. Now, there ended up being MORE life lessons on that little excursion for our other love, but the bottom line is that Roo got his Chi Chi... and they've enjoyed lots of good times since.
The Five Guys people even prepared Chi Chi a special lunch in his own bowl!
And, Chi Chi has enjoyed "pamcakes" with Roo, too.
I guess what I keep trying to remind myself about from this little life lesson is this: If I really want to lose some weight... I can't eat that blue worm now!! I need to WAIT and work for my Chi Chi. Thank you, Little Roo, for reminding me of a lesson I needed to remember... in a bit different way... but, still the same lesson.
Ending with some beautiful flower pins made by one of my LYS friends, Helen Mar!! These are exquisite! She had made this bunch for the Mineola League of Arts fundraiser! Aren't they gorgeous?! I am always in awe of her detailed work. They just make you smile to see them!
"Self-denial is painful for a moment, but very agreeable in the end."
~ Jane Taylor
blessings ~ tanna