One day Emma and I were talking about something that happened when she was in Sunday school. She told me the children were outside on the playground playing. The teacher called them over to see a grasshopper. They where oooo’ing and aww’ing over it. A couple of children said it was beautiful and very cute as they took turns holding it. Just when the teacher put it down to run free, a little boy in the class stomped the grasshopper to death.
You have to understand, I really like little creatures and tend to impose human traits on them, so when Emma told me the story about this little boy who simply smashed the grasshopper, I was so sad and angry. I said to Emma, “That’s just great he’ll probably grow up to be a serial-killer.” (Everyone knows it starts with grasshoppers.)
Emma looked at me, with her usual look of intolerance and said, “Really, Mom? Why do you always have to go there? He may just grow up to be an exterminator.”
One, she was right, and two, I really like how fast she came up with that.
So, here’s to thinking positive, and giving people the benefit of the doubt! I’m sure it’s fine.