I was reminded by my brother yesterday of the adage, "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned". It made me think about the time I spend in court each week listening to others recount the trials and tribulations of their lives. Mostly it is "he said, she said" but occasionally it is really a "somebody done somebody wrong". (Do you remember that ooooooold country song???) I listen as the blame is laid squarely on everybody else wondering what part the complainant really has/had in the matter. We could all blame someone else for whatever we feel is wrong in our lives, couldn't we?
I complimented my little one the other day when something did not go her way and she just went on about her business as if nothing was wrong. I noticed it again when her momma forgot to leave Santa some cookies and milk and he decided to leave her trampoline in the box. That's what happens when you don't take care of business. Consequences... Well, she has not said a word about the trampoline, even though the weather has been nice and she could have had a couple of good days of jumping. So I again complimented her on the way she was dealing with the disappointment of the trampoline not being, well, quite "jump ready" at this point. Do you know what she said? She said, "That's just how I roll." I asked her to explain. She went on to tell me that sometimes life is like that and kids just have to find something else to do instead of worrying about what is not just like you want it to be. I told her that was a really good attitude. She smiled and said, "Did you notice I said, 'Dat' 'stead of 'that'? I said, 'Dat's just how I roll 'cause dat's just how you 'post to say it." And that was the end of the discussion.
My little one has the right attitude. She believes that life is not what happens to her , but how she chooses to deal with it. One of my favorite authors is Charles Swindoll. His writing has influenced my life in a positive way. He wrote a poem about attitude. I have it posted on my office wall and a reduced copy in my wallet. He states that "I am convinced that life is 10% of what happens to me and 90% how I react to it." I think that is what my little Bella was saying, don't you?
I enjoy my kiddos and I constantly learn from them. I have enjoyed my time at home with them during Christmas break. They go back to school on Monday and I am already back to work, but I am thankful for the time we enjoyed together while we were all at home and I am looking forward to our next extended break. Plans are underway to visit New York. Maybe we should start spreading the news... New York look out 'cause girls with attitude will be heading your way in April. Do you think New York is ready for southern girls with good attitudes?