Life Lessons from a Soccer Game

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!

This classic children’s book was written by Laura Numeroff and was illustrated by Felicia Bond.



  1. Vera Long says:

    Great life lesson… loved it! Thanks, Lorie (and Cindy)

    • Lorie Kleiner Eckert says:

      Thanks, Vera! I appreciate your support. I see that Kay likes my Facebook page now too. Woo hoo! Thanks Vera and Kay!

  2. Sue Griebling says:

    I will be thinking about this for a long time. Thanks Lorie and Cindy. Two brilliant and thoughtful women!

  3. Cindy says:


    Thanks so much for quoting me in your blog. Finally, at age 69.75 years, I get my 15 minutes of fame!

    Love you and our big wonderful shared family.


    • Lorie Kleiner Eckert says:

      Cindy, you are so funny! Thanks for reading the blog and commenting! So glad we are co-grandmas together.

  4. Kathy King says:

    Delightful “replay” of your conversation with Cindy (my next-door neighbor). She and I also have talked about “if you do this … then you have to do that” — but not in the context of the book, which she just recently mentioned I should get for my own grandchildren. I feel like I know you, Lorie, as Cindy talks about you often, always in glowing words!

    • Lorie Kleiner Eckert says:

      Thank you, Kathy! Cindy is a wonderful. We are both lucky to have her for a friend! AND, I am so glad you read my blog!

  5. Pam Berge says:

    Awesome! Thank you Lorie and Cindy!! I loved it! You two are the BEST!

    Lorie…I am looking forward to reading your Blog! Congratulations!

    • Lorie Kleiner Eckert says:

      Pam! So nice to hear from you. Hope damage isn’t too heavy for that Florida home of yours!! Regards to David…

  6. Loie says:

    Love that book…love the life lesson…love that I get to be your cousin…love you! ❤️

    • Lorie Kleiner Eckert says:

      Love you too! Thanks for reading my blog. It’s neat that readers can respond so easily. That’s a great improvement over when I wrote my column and readers had to get out a piece of paper and an envelope and find a stamp!

  7. Mark Preebe says:

    A journey of a thousand miles begins with one cookie.

  8. Lisa Griebling says:

    I’m fearful of this right now… if I update my kitchen, I’ll need to paint the walls, if I paint them in one room I’ll have to paint the next….
    Oh well. At least these are good problems to have! Thx for the fun blog post!

    • Lorie Kleiner Eckert says:

      Glad you liked the blog. In spite of all the repercussions, I’m sure you’ll love doing an update to your kitchen!

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