September 16, 2008
I just sat on the carpet with Bridget and played a game called “Oh, Rats!” This is a cute game in which you take turns spinning a little rat spinner to land on various colors. You’re trying to be the first to put all the colored pieces into your individual puzzle playing card. If your spinner lands on a color that you’ve already put into your puzzle, you exclaim, “Oh, Rats!” and it’s the next person’s turn.
Two observations occurred to me while playing this game.
One: (Life lesson to learn.) When you don’t get the “color” you’re hoping for, express your disappointment – with gusto if you need to – and then move on. How great would that be if I could live my life more that way? “Bummer this day didn’t turn out as I planned.” “Oh, Rats! I didn’t get any of the things on my to-do list accomplished today.” “Shoot. I just burned dinner.” No miring about in self-pity and rage that I’m not ultimately in charge of the world. Just shout out, “Oh, Rats!” and keep playing the game.
Two: (Personal parenting observation.) Bridget no longer sits with her legs poking out at a right angle. She is now in preschool two mornings, and her teacher has taught her how to sit “criss-cross applesauce” during circle time. She played “Oh, Rats!” sitting with her little legs folded neatly, her feet crossed expertly at the ankles. She looked so grown up. (sigh.)