The conversation usually went like this, “But Grandma, I really want to go to McDonald’s before gymnastics, please.”
“I’m sure you do, but we are not going, and I promise that you will live a rich, full life in spite of it.”
A rich, full life in spite of it. She said this to us all the time. Usually when we whined for something or complained and acted like the world was coming to an end if we didn’t get what we wanted in that moment.
As a child, I didn’t really understand what she meant, but it was always game over when she said it. No more negotiating, no more discussion. It wasn’t going to happen, whatever it was; but we were still left wondering how life could possibly be rich and full after such a resounding “No” to our requests. Back then, those words held little meaning for me. Yes, life would go on, but how did I know if it would be rich or full? Since we weren’t going to McDonald’s, I was still hungry, not full, and she wasn’t giving me any cash, so my wealth was not increasing. I didn’t really see her point, but I do now.
That’s what I want this blog to be about. Life is full of funny, wonderful, and difficult moments, but hard times don’t generally last forever, and regardless of the outcome of any situation, you will probably live a rich, full life in spite of it. You know, unless you get hit by a bus or something, but the odds are in favor of the truth of Grandma’s words for many of us.