Sunday, April 22, 2012
Working Hard Pays Off
He came to me four days ago, desperate for a new pair of shoes and knowing he didn't need them, but really, really wanted them. He knows me well enough to know that frivolous spending is out of the question right now. So when he offered to do chores to earn his new shoes, he got my attention. He had a glimmer of hope in his big brown eyes and could hardly stand still in anticipation of my answer. I thought this would be a great opportunity for Boo Boo Bear to learn how hard it can be to earn money, the dedication it takes to get the job done no matter how tedious, tiring, boring or dirty it might be, and that with hard work, possibilities can be endless and results enormous.
The job we agreed on was pulling the weeds. Not some here, and some there, but ALL the weeds in the front yard. At first he was like the energizer bunny, full of energy and happy to get right to it. About 20 minutes later, reality must have set in because all of the sudden his body language and the hanging head told me that for him, the task became daunting and overwhelming. Lots of tantrums, emotional highs and lows were to follow for Boo Boo Bear over the next three days. He wanted those shoes more than candy, probably more than air. He knew the agreement we made would not change, no weeds pulled, no shoes.
Today, Sunday, Boo Boo Bear completed the weed pulling task. It was a painful process, more so for me than for him, I'm sure. But he did earn his shoes. A gorgeous pair of sneakers with bright green laces. He is a proud boy today. Shoes are already worn in and looking like they'll be worn out sooner than later. Thankfully or not, weeds grow back fast, and he'll have another chance to make money for his next must have.