we went to
one of my grandie’s soccer games
his day to bring the snack
a variety pack
filled with all things crunchy and wonderful
he was really excited to share the treats
that his favorites would all be gone
i told him that it was important to offer them all
and then to eat whatever was left
he might be able to up the odds a little bit
by putting his favorites at the bottom of the box
that way he was more likely to have them left over
and he didn’t have to feel bad
because he had offered all of them to his team
if he was meant to have them
they would still be there
it was nice of him to have shared them
i watched as he thought it over
carefully put his ‘puffy cheetos’ on the bottom.
after the game he shared the snacks
and was delighted to see
his favorites were still there.
my daughter said that this was probably
the advice he would remember most from me
not to be kind, to be fair, or to take turns
to put your favorites in the bottom of the box,
offer them to your friends
cross your fingers
hope for the best.
nothing wrong with hoping for the best.
grandparents are there to help the child get into mischief
they haven’t thought of yet.
~ gene perret