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Writing Wins and Woes: What I Learned from Generosity

Generosity is a great thing. Showing compassion to those in need is a blessing. But in this case, I’m not talking about the kind of generosity that involves giving to people. I’m talking about the board game. I’m sure most of you never heard of the Generosity board game. I bought it about 20 years ago and played it with my son back then. Just recently, we relived some of the childhood nostalgic fun with our son by playing it again. We had a blast.

Here’s some things I learned that mirror life from this board game:

You don’t get heavenly rewards unless your attitude is right. If you have no love, or you’re on a ego trip or you’re a showboat, you don’t get anything deposited into your heavenly treasure chest.

You don’t always get to choose your life course. Although I always wanted to be a teacher for most of my life, I ended up a janitor. My husband wanted to be an artist. He ended up a route man. My son wanted to be a professional basketball player. He is a Fed Ex driver for now. My oldest daughter wanted to be a cartoonist. She does work comp. for a great company. ┬áBut this goes to show, you don’t always get what you want in life. But yes, you may get what you need.

Life deals you a lot of sucker punches. What do you want to do with them? Sit and whine or journey on? It’s your choice.

Having children, if you are so blessed, contributes to your heavenly treasure chest even if your attitude wasn’t always right. And believe me, mine wasn’t. Parenthood is trying. I wish I had learned sooner that what they most wanted was my love and support. Luckily, they still do.

In life, it’s best to make a will. Ha Ha. In the game Generosity, if you have a will, you spin the spinner and get 50,000 times the amount in your heavenly treasure chest, but only if your attitude is right. This may not happen in life. In fact, I doubt it will, but even so, a will is a very valuable thing. For one thing, it prevents many disagreements between your children.

God blesses those who give. I’m so grateful for the time I had training up my children. I didn’t always do it right, but when I sat down with my son playing this game again, I was satisfied that I had done something right after all.

Writing Wins and Woes: Strolling Down Memory Lane

They say when you get older, your memory fails. But I’m not finding that to be true. I may forget unimportant stuff like where I left my purse or my keys, but the most crucial events of my life are planted forever in my brain, and in fact, are becoming more substantial and poignant as time flies by.

For instance, I remember vividly when each of my children were born. I remember the surprise I felt when I fell head over heels in love with my firstborn. I didn’t expect it. I never liked babies much. But when I held her in my arms, I never wanted to let her go. She was the reason for my existence all of a sudden. Then my son was born. We like to joke and say he was an ugly baby. He was all red and hairy. He even had hair on his back, but he quickly grew into one of the most handsome men I know. His compassion and sense of humor has always brightened every day of my life. And then there was my youngest child. Words fail to describe how much I loved her and still love her. The ache in my heart became a hole when she left to live 1000 miles away.

Why am I so nostalgic all of a sudden? Two reasons. We are celebrating my oldest daughter’s birthday this weekend. I am so blessed to have her in my life. Especially since the birth of my grandson, we have grown closer. Miles has fulfilled his name and took those miles that separated us, not physical miles but maybe some emotional ones, and tied our hearts together so tight, I hope they never unravel.

The other reason is in one week I’m going to be going on a journey. It’s been long overdue. I’m going to finally hold my youngest daughter in my arms. I’m going to see her face to face. I haven’t seen her in a year and a half. That’s a lot for someone I spent practically every waking moment with prior to that time since the day she was born. After not seeing her for so long, seeing her again will be almost surreal. I wouldn’t be able to go on this trip except that an angel volunteered to take me to see her. She says I am doing her a favor so she has company on the trip as she is going to her daughter’s wedding, but I know she is doing this because she is such a caring person, and I am grateful that she has made this extraordinary offer. She will never know what it means to me.

This is where I thank God for his blessings. Being able to see my daughter again. Being blessed with three beautiful children and one handsome grandson. And having friends who are willing to go way beyond what I could possibly hope so my heart’s desire could be fulfilled. The Bible says “Hope deferred makes the heart sick.” My heart has been ailing for a long time. There were times in my life when I couldn’t see my way out of the darkness. But there is no darkness that God can’t shine His light through.