Before I begin my story I want to mention the dangers of teaching your children the difference between right and wrong. The danger is this: If you ever mess up (not that you ever would) they will be the first to remind you about it.
Now, this story takes place (as most of the interesting ones seem to) on a day when it is just me and the kids. My wife was out with her mom and sisters. I decided to take the kids and go to Costco for lunch and groceries. To brag on them a little, they actually did great at Costco. And to brag on my accomplishment for a minute I fed all 5 of us lunch with dessert for under 12 bucks. That's the beauty of a Costco dogs and frozen yogurt. Leaving Costco is where the the title of this blog comes from.
I got the car loaded with all the kids and groceries and start to back out. As I am about half way out of my spot another car comes rushing up behind me like they are not going to stop. I hesitate my backing because I am not looking for a wreck or anything. At that point the car stops...just close enough to make it really awkward to turn any further as I continue to back out. Well, I managed to finagle my way the rest of the way out and as I do so I comment to nobody in particular, 'That guy is being an idiot."
Just then my daughter speaks up, "Dad, you said we are supposed to Love our enemies. That means we shouldn't call them names."
OUCH!! Correction from my seven year old. As I am thinking of what to say my boys come quickly to my defense.
"If you're not supposed to call them names, then why are you always calling us names," they said.
Without missing a beat my daughter responds, "You're not my enemies....you're my brothers!"
That response made me laugh a little. Then I made my apology and acknowledged that my daughter was right and we are supposed to Love our enemies and do good to them, even when you don't feel like it.
So there are a few things that I learned from this conversation.
1. If I teach my kids something I better make sure that I practice it or I am going to find myself asking them for forgiveness (which is bound to happen sometimes anyway).
2. My boys will come to my defense (at least if it means verbally attacking their sister)
3. Apparently siblings are in a different category from enemies, so it is OK to call them names
|They were supposed to smile|
|They were supposed to be serious|
|They were suppose to be funny|
If you have anything kind of funny that you have learned from your children please comment below. I would love to hear it.