Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Vamoosed V's ~ Life Lessons from Popcorn ~ A to Z Blog Challenge

When I began thinking about the A to Z challenge, I thought for a long time about what I wanted to write. I tried to think of ways to find neat things about the English language with each letter. And then I thought, what if that letter didn’t exist? So I am doing an abbreviated version of my Life Lessons series that I normally do on Fridays, but without using the letter of the day. What would life be like without that letter? Let’s find out...

Daddy at the lake with the kids.
My children adore their daddy. I’m so glad they do, but it occasionally leads to a feeling of jealousy. They see me all day long, so there are rarely pleas for more “mommy time” when we announce that it’s time to brush teeth.

It is not unusual for my husband to be caught piling all three of the them into his lap in the big recliner because they are arguing about who gets to snuggle with daddy next. I am eternally grateful that they are so close to their daddy. It sets the foundation for important relationships later in life. But I get a little jealous of the showered affection sometimes.

Last night, though, it was my turn. And all it took was a bowl of popcorn.

I was engulfed in one of those attacks of the Must-Eats. Some people call them munchies. When I get like that, I pop popcorn. It’s better than inhaling an entire bag of chips or half the box of fudge bars. My kids also like popcorn.

I sat in the chair, propped my feet up, and found my lap full of wriggling bodies intent on snagging my snack. I enjoyed each second. The best part was when, after all the popcorn was gone and I set the bowl aside, my eldest stayed in my lap. She snuggled up to me and finished the Mythbusters episode. I don’t get that often.

The point of this is that we often get jealous when it seems God is spending time showering affection on someone else. Maybe someone got the solo you wanted or the promotion. Maybe you think they possess more or better talents or gifts than you do. What we need to remember is that at another time, in another place, God will snuggle with us. He has a plan for each of his children and it doesn’t mean each will succeed at the same time. That just isn’t realistic.

So beware of the big green monster lest he consume your judgment and make you forget those cherished moments when you and God munched from the same popcorn bowl.

I thought I was going to need to do a post with as many V words as possible until I realized just how easy it was to write with the letter V. Leaving out words such as have and very are much more difficult. Check out other A to Z participants using the link below. 


  1. A great message we all should remember. Can't believe the A-Z challenge is almost over, but I'm glad I made it to your blog to say howdy before it was over, anyway. Matter of fact, I think I'll sign on as your newest follower, so I can come back and say howdy again when the challenge is kaput. Nice to meetcha. I really appreciate your positive attitude.

  2. Welcome aboard, Susan! Glad to have you hanging out here. How do you take your tea? ;)