Wisdom and the Plastic Frog.
I am the mom to four grown children and four grandchildren; each I adore for a long list of reasons. My story involves the youngest son, who was in grade school at the time.
He and his classmates had gone on a school trip to Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts. Upon return, he excitedly presented me a gift – a plastic frog. I wasn’t sure what to say when I saw the frog, but my son quickly exclaimed, “He has your favorite colors, Mommy.” And sure enough, the frog was green with shades of fall. I contained my laughter and told him I loved my frog (what mother wouldn’t?), and the colors were perfect!
I thought about this exchange on New Year’s Eve, and realized that my favorite gifts were ones that brought me laughter. I’m not one for making resolutions, but given the turmoil in the world and particularly within the United States, I decided to make my first and only resolution: When times get crazy, I will focus on the plastic frog.
Now for a bit of granddaughter wisdom. Little Margot is a character. If someone tells her not to do something, she will surely do it. One day I accompanied six-year-old Margot and her brother Nate to the supermarket. Her dad, my eldest son, was driving. Out of the blue, Margot looked at me and declared, “If you and Granddad were still married, you’d have a dog!” Nate was horrified and whispered to her, “We are not supposed to talk about that!” Margot gave him a look, and turned to see my reaction. When I told her about the dog I was getting, she was happy and then insisted on going to a park.
The moral of the story: hold on to what makes you smile and remember it’s the dog that matters, not the drama.
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