The Littlest Funk blog: To the guy who cut me off at Chik-fil-A...

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

To the guy who cut me off at Chik-fil-A...

Thank you.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to teach my oldest daughter who is almost 4 years old a life lesson. 

Thank you for cutting me off after we had just attended Bible study and not another time of the day where I might not have been as pleasant.  Because of this, I was able to teach my daughter the appropriate way to respond in a situation like this.  A situation where you were not so patient or polite.

Your impatience meant that I could teach my daughter how to be patient and how to wait our turn.  Thank you for giving me the chance to teach her that sometimes having patience means waiting a little longer than we want and that some things are worth waiting for...like the delicious milkshake we enjoyed afterward.

It's is because of you that I was able to teach my daughter respect and how to be kind to others.  That it is okay to get frustrated, but it not okay to act on that frustration.  That sometimes in life, you just have to take a deep breath and be thankful for where we are, thankful that the other car (you) didn't hit our car in the process and thankful for the extra bonding time and conversations we got to have in the car together.

Now, this all may sound silly to you, but to an almost 4 year old who had already been waiting for 10 cars ahead of us, it isn't silly.  If you were a mom, during lunch on a weekday at Chik-fil-a, you would understand and know what I'm talking about and if you had just waited, then you would have known our order of one small chocolate milkshake literally only took less than 30 seconds to order and pay for. 

So again, thank you.  Thank you for giving me more time with my daughter and the chance to teach to her in the moment.

6 comments:

  1. It's good that you're turning life's little frustrations into teaching moments for your little girl. I need to do that more often!

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  2. It's great you decided to take the high road in this situation..especially to show a good example to your daughter!

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  3. Oh goodness! I love that you made it into a lesson for her. What a great honest post idea.

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  4. What a great way to look at somebody cutting you off. I need to be better about how I react to these situations when my kids are in the car with me too.

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  5. That's a great perspective to have! I find myself getting so worked up over bad drivers, but I forget I have 3 little ones watching me!

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  6. This is so frustrating, but I'm glad you were able to take it in stride. I'll admit, more often than not, I get myself really upset when things like this happen.

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