You might think to read the title of this blog that I will talk about teamwork, or practice making perfect, or the fact that you win some and lose some, but that’s not at all what I learned today at my four-year-old granddaughter’s soccer game. Cookie’s other grandma, Cindy, was also at the game and when it was over we discussed our next activity for the day. I said I was shopping for still another grandchild’s birthday gift and that I was headed to the book store for that purpose. Cindy commented that her favorite kids’ book is If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. I am quoting Cindy here, not the book, but if you give a mouse a cookie, soon it will want a glass of water and then it will want a napkin and then you will find crumbs on the floor and then you will need to sweep up the crumbs, and then you will learn that you’re better off if you DON’T give that mouse a cookie!
Cindy said she is thinking of that book at this time due to Hurricane Irma and its effect on the home she owns in Florida. If you buy a house in Florida, then you will need to build a swimming pool, and then you will need to landscape around the pool, and then you will need to buy outdoor furniture, and enclose it all in a screened cage, and then a hurricane will come and blow it all away and then you will learn that you’re better off if you DON’T buy a house in Florida!
Cindy was really on a roll so she went on to say that the same thing holds true if you buy a new dress. Then you need shoes to match, and perfect jewelry to go with it, and a sweater that coordinates with it in case the evening is cool, and let’s not forget the right under garments, and…in the end, you’re better off if you DON’T buy a new dress!
Cindy said that part of her decision making process these days is to think ruefully to herself, “If you give a mouse a cookie…”
The hard lesson here is that all actions have consequences, but this is a light hearted blog so let me restate that and say instead that in life one thing leads to another. Not a bad lesson for 10:00 on a Saturday morning!