"Life is Like a Box of Chocolates…"

by | May 3, 2010 | This Lefe Family

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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