The seven-year-old mind amazes me. Brooklyn took this short story she had written home from school this week. I typed it here word for word. There’s a great lesson buried in here.
‘Once upon a time there was a Robin and a Shark. One day they were going to have a party. But, Robin couldn’t swim and Shark couldn’t get out of the water becuase he was a fish. Robin had an idea! She flew down to a rock by the water where Shark was.
Robin said to Shark: “Feel better now?” “Yes, now let’s party!” said Shark. “You stay on the rock and I will be in the water.” Robin flew back into her tree to get dressed. She wore a purple dress with sparkles and Shark wore a bow tie. They began the party. Robin wiggled her hips and Shark jumped in the air and everything turned out great. The moral of the story is to compromise!’
Are you the Robin or the Shark? Does this story really have deeper meaning? Perhaps.
I’ve been thinking about Brooklyn’s story and the deeper meaning behind it. Life doesn’t always turn out how you planned, but it’s how you make the most of each situation that truly counts. Just because Shark couldn’t fly, Robin didn’t give up on him. No, she took the party down to the water where they could be together. The party went on despite their challenges. They learned to live with what they had to work with. And you know what? The party was great–maybe even better that way.
We’re a lot like Robin and Shark. We could sit back and let the “party” (a.k.a. life) pass us by or we could compromise and learn to celebrate with what we’ve been given. Cancer or not. We choose the party. I think I’m going to grab my bow tie.