One morning last week, Zach, our 13 year-old son helped me change my attitude with his words. We were in the process of leaving for school. When I opened up our garage door, I couldn’t help but notice that our cat (who has stayed in our garage since the first snowfall in early December) had knocked over a box that was set out to go in the garbage…it was filled with white packing peanuts, which were now all over the floor of the garage. I didn’t have the extra time to clean it up at that point. So as I stepped over them, and proceeded to the car, my foot got caught on a hose that was on the garage floor, which made me trip and almost fall to the ground. At this point, I was about ready to turn around and retreat back into the house and stay there. But I didn’t…instead I climbed into the car with a huff, shut the door, and sighed.
Zach, already comfortably seated in the front passenger seat of the car, said in a calm and very sweet voice, “Mom…life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” (From the movie Forrest Gump…we had just watched it a night or two prior.)
I responded with, “You’re right, Buddy. Thank you.” I thanked him again a couple more times since then for his words and how he was able to calm me down with them. Such wisdom from a 13 year-old! 🙂
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