A Word from A
1999, by Cheryl Demas
- We had spent a little too long at the
bookstore the other day, and I was trying to hurry my daughter
out the door. If you knew my kids, you would know that they don't
do anything quickly. She was slowly making her way towards the
exit, jumping from white tile to white tile, carefully avoiding
the blue (water) tiles.
Then as I waited for her by the
door, a greeting card caught my eye. It said, "I don't take
my problems to work, I leave them at daycare."
Maybe that is supposed to be
a joke, but it made me sad to think that parents would ever describe
their kids as problems. I was brought back to "reality"
when my daughter shouted,
"Look out Mom! You almost
stepped on an alligator!"
The tiles had apparently transformed
themselves into an alligator-infested swampland.
I guess this might seem like
a problem to some people, a little girl who won't move quickly
a mom in a hurry.
But really, what could be more
important in my life right now? What could need my attention
more than this little girl who has placed herself in the middle
of an alligator swamp?
So we hop and skip out the door,
drawing some strange looks I'm sure. Strange looks from those
who don't know about alligator swamps in the bookstore, or, perhaps
more likely, from those who have long since forgotten about them.
Do you ever find yourself saying,
"Well, someday, when I have more time I can play with my
kids more."? Or, "Someday, when we have more money
in the bank, I will be able to spend more time with my family."
Because, when we have events
like this past weekend, we are reminded just how fragile our
lives can be. We see someone whose life is cut short, and we
remember that life isn't always fair, or predictable.
So be careful that you aren't
putting off the really important things in your life, creating
problems where there really aren't any and always waiting for
Because sometimes, someday doesn't