Two 8 year old boys from our neighborhood stopped at our house a few days ago with this little plastic bird:
They said in a very serious voice - We are playing Bigger and Better and wondered if you can give us something bigger and better than this and handed it to me. They said they wished they could have Cricket but they knew their mom wouldn't let them have a dog (by the way boys, she's not available for you!) I invited them in - they said they weren't allow to come inside any houses so I shut the door in my quest to find something bigger and better that I was willing to part with - I found a pack of lifesavers and gave it to them -- they were so happy! Later when we were leaving the house Steve saw them walking up the street, Steve saw them with a bigger bag of candy. I know they were just playing a fun game but I have thought about it since they left ... first of all, I wonder where my old lifesavers ended up? and the concept of needing bigger and better. I wondered how often I have gone there -- seeking a bigger or better item. I find myself being more and more appreciative of the little simple moments in life. The moments of having the family together having gelatto... or being alone (well Cricket is there too!) in my office and singing to the music thinking how much I enjoy my work... the list goes on. I just ordered a new magazine for people to enjoy at the office called Seeing the Everyday Joys - just sounds so much more peaceful than seeking bigger and better.