So my oldest ordered a large pepperoni pizza and triggered off an absolutely entertaining evening for me.
I have four sons 17, 16, 12 and 9. Unique individuals but they share a common gift of resilience, comedy and intense play.
My other three sons tried to hustle a slice of pizza but C1 was determined to frustrate all their efforts. I tried to intervene but he gave a long speech about his money, his pizza, his decision on how to share it so I walked away. There are greater issues in the world.
C1 announced, “whoever gets my laptop from the basement gets a slice of pizza” C4, a cheerful lad rushed to the basement to get the laptop. C2, really wanted a slice of pizza but he is a smart cookie always ahead of the game and would rather spend time listing everything he had done for C1 over the past week. C3 looked C1 in the eye and said, “ I want pizza but I want it because you are a kind and good brother and not because I ran an errand for you. I would rather go hungry than eat the pizza of a selfish man”. At that moment , C4 arrived from the basement with C1’s laptop panting from the speed triggered by desperation. Listening to C3’s profound speech, he hands over the laptop to C1 in exchange for a slice of pizza and blurts out, “Pizza is more important that my dignity”
OMG…..I laughed and laughed and laughed.
One of the most challenging aspects of parenting is learning the personalities of your children, getting to know them and equipping them with all they need to be who God has called them to be. Moments like this give me an insight to my men. I am privy to know when to applaud their excellence and when to counsel their weaknesses. If you are wondering how the pizza was shared, your guess is as good as mine because I left the scene; like I said earlier there are greater issues in the world.
Do you get involved in your children’s squabbles or do you walk away?