Put Down the Gun and Put On Your Socks

Socks and Sneakers

My middle child, Sammy – loves to play. Everything is a possible game, challenge, or competition with him. I love his spirit and fire. As Amanda’s dad used to say, that one’s full of “piss and vinegar.” It’s true. He’s non-stop, go-go-go.

You know what else he’s full of? Not listening to his parents.

He gets so caught up in his play, he succumbs to what we call “selective hearing.”

It’s come to the point where the other day as we’re getting ready to go to church (it’s always when we’re going to church) – Sammy decides he’s going to torment his brothers by “shooting” them with his Star Wars blaster. The batteries and suction dart functionality have long been lost on this particular toy, but that doesn’t deter Sammy.

He can compensate by using an earth shattering high pitch squeal for his laser.

It can get so loud in our house, I am shocked neighbors have not called the authorities.

During his 14th revolution around the kitchen/living room, I yelled, “Sammy! Put down your gun and put on your socks!” (I could hear Amanda’s muffled laugh from upstairs.) What a ridiculous thing to yell. Repeat it to yourself. If you do not find it ridiculous, you are a tired and jaded parent. Like me.

I can just see the law enforcement officers coming to my door to take me away.

I think it might have been how red my face was or the vein sticking out of my jowls, but he decided to listen this time. He dutifully dropped the blaster and proceeded to get ready for church as if we were having a casual conversation. I think I even uttered to myself, “why is it so hard for him to listen to me?”

But as I reflected a bit, it made me think of all the times I’ve been disobedient, disrespectful, and just doing what I wanted to do, not what I should be doing. He’s no different than me, he just shows it a lot more exuberantly.

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I want to make the most of today. I want to do what I should be doing rather than what is most convenient, easy, or lazy.

So the next time you’re tempted to do make a bad choice, just recite this pearl of wisdom out loud: “Put down your gun, and put on your socks.” And then choose better.

“In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.”
~ Eleanor Roosevelt



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