Today the ice cream truck drove down our quiet street. When my daughter got the hard news that we would not be purchasing any ice cream, she dissolved into a first class display of tears and mournful cries. In the midst of her anguish, she spontaneously started to draw this picture.
Note the hand, outstretched with longing. The tears and dazed sorrow on the face. Note the ice cream truck, driving away with a happy, heartless smile. And the words, since you probably can’t decipher her five-year-old handwriting: “I m sad for is cree [sic].”
As I hugged my daughter, and complimented the drawing, I explained to her that part of growing up is learning that we don’t always get what we want, even when we “really, really, really” want it. If she wanted ice cream, she would have to do her chores, earn money, and wait for the next time the truck came down the street.
I couldn’t help but smirk at my parental advice. Isn’t that the message we still have to work on as adults? Who says we’re so grown up? We still cry inwardly when we don’t get what we want. In many ways, I related and I think we can all relate to the girl in the picture. But the only thing we can do is wait, and work hard, and hopefully we will earn that reward.