But That’s Not the Point

The scene: Family dinner at Applebee’s

The Girl: Ow!  You just sat on my foot.  Ooooh.  Ow!  Grrr.  Oooowwwwoooowww!
The Boy: No, because your foot was over on my side!  It was on my side!
Chris: Why did you say no?
TB: Because her foot was over on my side.
Chris: But did you sit on her foot?
TB: (plaintively) Because her foot was on my side.
Chris: But why did you say no?  If you sat on her foot, you shouldn’t say no.
TB: But because she was moving in the booth.  And her foot was on my side.
TG: But that’s not the point.

8 comments

    • Thank you! They crack me up all the time. I was having a hard time containing myself with TG dropped, “But that’s not the point” into the conversation.

    • First grade was absolutely horrible for TG. She knew it was bad, and she didn’t even realize how bad it was. She was bullied for the entire year; her teacher wasn’t very good; her teacher disliked me and took it out on her; she was forced to not read at her reading level because her personal reading level exceeded that of the grade. I could go on, but you see the craziness we were dealing with.

      So, in my mind, I kept saying that we had to endure the torments of first grade for only a little while longer. Then I realized that I didn’t want to have my mind focused on so much negativity.

      That’s when, in my head if nowhere else, I broadened the concept to the wonders of my children’s childhood. I only have a little while longer to keep them close and to play with them and encourage them and pour into them what God has placed in me to give to them.

      Then I realized that I only have a little while longer to be on this side of glory and accomplish all that God has ordained for me to do in life.

      Suddenly my long blog title seemed to encapsulate so much of life.

      So essentially, my blog’s title is a reminder to me that I only have a little while longer to endure whatever bad things come my way, I only have a little while longer to treasure my current joys, and I only have a little while longer to live out my purpose in life.

  1. Thanks, Brandee. I have found that intentionally being positive isn’t always easy, but it requires significantly less energy than the alternative.

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