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I Did It My Way

June 13, 2012 by  
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By Mommy MD Guides blogger Julie Davidson

Think back to your youth. There must be a ton of times your parents told you what to do or how to do it. All you wanted was to prove you knew what to do. Then you have your own kids. Can you say “pay back time”?

Last week, my nine-year-old son was determined to catch rabbits. I have no idea why. And he never told me. Instead, he emptied out a plastic container filled with art supplies and scoured the front yard until he found a suitable stick. He attached endless amounts of yarn to the stick and then propped up one end of the container with it. Then he waited for a rabbit to enter the container.

After my son waited for an hour in disappointment, my husband told him he’d need to attract the rabbits with food. He was in and out of that kitchen at record speed, clutching a handful of lettuce. Then it was back to rabbit watch.

It was almost painful watching my son go from the couch to the rabbit contraption making adjustments. This went on for a few hours and then we finally told him that the rabbits might sense him watching for them and that maybe later at night they would go into the trap. He walked away feeling deflated and went to his room. Hearing thunder, he ran outside to take the rabbit contraption down. He decided that the rain would ruin his trap. Relief set in as we no longer had the burden to crush his dream as a rabbit catcher.

So my son stood in the doorway, with the container, stick, yarn, and lettuce. It looked like a fishing trip gone bad. He was taking the setup down for one night. As he turned to go back to his room, he mentioned something about setting carrots out. And trying to catch birds.

It was uncomfortable to watch my son get excited and then have his bubble burst. But I’m keeping it in perspective: It’s not the SAT test, driving lessons, or first heartbreak. But maybe the same advice can be applied to those. Give it your best, know when to haul it in, and if it’s worth it, keep trying to catch something.

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