Every now and then, one of my kids completely surprises me.
That happened last weekend with my 7-year-old, Jonah.
We spent Saturday at the most miserable swim meet ever. It was pouring down rain and freezing cold. It was not a fun day to be swimming, and the kids were not swimming well. But at the very end of the meet, Jonah’s relay team rallied and not only pulled out a win, but had a fast enough time to qualify for an invitational meet. They were ecstatic, jumping up and down and celebrating. Jonah was excited about attending the notorious “Straehle” meet that he’s only heard about from his brother and sisters.
But later that evening I got a call from the swim team manager who informed me that one of the members of the winning relay was going to be away. So the relay team wouldn’t be able to swim at the meet.
When I told Jonah, he was disappointed but after a minute said, “But we still had a Straehle time, right?” I said yes. And he said, “Well that’s what really matters.” And off he went to play.
I couldn’t believe the profound wisdom coming from my 7-year-old. Was this the same kid who couldn’t be rationalized with to clean up his toys just hours earlier?
Every now and then you get a glimpse of the adult your kids may one day grow into. And it’s pretty neat.
FranklyStein is a blog by Chesapeake Family Magazine editor Betsy Stein who lives in Catonsville with her husband, Chris, and four children, Maggie, 13, Lilly, 11, Adam, 11, and Jonah, 7.