Why is it that no matter how many toys are in a room, kids always want what someone else has? This morning my son had a playdate with his friend. Let me just say, I’m thankful I don’t have twins, and to all the moms who do God Bless You! It never fails they both are playing, catch sight of the other one’s toy, and then all of suddenly that is the toy they must play with. Or one picks up something the other could care less about but they just have to have it because the other one is playing with it.
As a sophisticated adult I of course explain that we take turns, or you don’t want that you only want it because she has it. Oh and of course, be thankful you have all these toys. Then I sat back watching them continue to play, chuckling to myself about 2 year olds. Thank goodness we grow out of that! Or do we?
I came home, put my son to bed and sat down to check email. My inbox was full of black Friday advertisements. Same thing on my Facebook and twitter feeds. Everybody buzzing about what they want to buy, who has found the best deals, etc. I tweeted yesterday that I wasn’t impressed with the deals I had found this year. That it seemed like a let down for all the hype they tried to create. Then a friend called me, told me she just bought a new tv. She decided to splurge on the largest most awesome tv best buy carries. I was happy for her, she recently moved into a new place and I knew she was looking for furniture and stuff. But then I was like well it would be nice to have a new tv. Maybe I should check out the black Friday ads a little closer. Then I could have a new more awesomer tv! Breathe. Time out. Why? Just because she has a new one I’m no longer content with mine? And it’s not like we have a tiny tv with rabbit ears. Just like my son thought the chair his friend had was better then his (same exact one by the way) I thought her tv somehow made mine look dopey. I should practice what I preach, I should be thankful I have a tv. Like I tell my children; Do you know how many other families wish they had a tv?! There is nothing wrong with it so why am I complaining or dreaming of the new best thing? I don’t need to keep up with the Jones or in this case the Sara.
With Thanksgiving only 2 days away, I want my family to focus on what we are thankful for. Not get wrapped up in the gimmes, greed, and envy that can come during this time of year (or anytime really). What are you thankful for?