Posted 09-21-2004 at 09:11:39
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When The Truth Hurts
One day recently while my family sat in the den,
my youngest son who had just turned two, took a plastic child's bowling pin, turned it upside down and hit his two older brothers in the head with it.
Both my wife and I were in the room at the time, my wife chose to handle this one and I chose to let her. She took little Joseph and had a talk with him. I listened in, intrigued at how this was going to go. His mother asked him, "What were you thinking hitting your brothers in the head with that pin? Were you trying to get in trouble?" He answered "No."
"Did they do something to you that you were trying to get back at them for?" He answered, "No."
"Are you playing some kind of game that requires you to hit them in the head?" He answered, "No."
"Do you just need some attention?" He answered, "No."
Frustrated and tired my wife had given up on her questions and my curiosity was just about to explode. She figured she had better let him say why so she asked him, "Well why did you hit your brothers in the head with a bowling pin?"
I had already made up in my mind, honey this is a waste of time, maybe daddy should have handled this one. A child barely two doesn't understand all of these questions and can't give you an
intelligent answer. Just then he looked at his mother with the astuteness of a Ph.D. and answered the question as honestly as I have ever heard a two-year-old answer.
"Because I like it."
I was so impressed with the answer, not to mention about to explode with laughter that daddy had to let him off the hook that time.
We as adults many times make all kinds of excuses of why we behave the way we do. Sometimes we just need to be honest with ourselves and admit that we do some things in life simply because we like it.
~A MountainWings Original~