Been there, done that. I remember the stress of hoping and praying that our children would “act right.” UUUGHHH. But little Banks decided that enough is enough…..get my _________out of here. (You can fill in the blanks). In the midst of the beautiful angelic host and Wisemen, little Banks reminds us that it’s okay to not want to be a Christmas donkey.
This is a life lesson that is practiced when we are young and learned as we age. Times when you decide that this is not for me…..I do not like doing this…this is not my thing so don’t make me do this…. It takes some folks years of searching to develop the courage to say no.
“No” is a good word. “Yes” can be stressful and make a person mad at themselves for taking on way too much. When to say yes and when to say no is a skill that takes time and patience.
But here is the kicker; the parents. Bank’s parents were kind and patient to their little fellow. They embraced his decision and did not appear stressed. They had a wonderful way of handling their son and laughed with the rest of us with Bank’s “donkey” (a bit stubborn) decision. They went with it.
This kind of attitude towards our children is priceless. Basically both Cal and Morgan were saying to their child, “It’s okay. You did your best and we love you just the way you are.”
This is a lesson I love that I wrote about in my book, “Bury me with My Pearls.” The chapter is entitled: “Children: Our Precious Pearls”
Today embrace the uniqueness in your children and celebrate who they are. It will be your best Christmas gift to yourself and to them.