My grandson is two and sometimes . . . it is truly rare, but every now and again he acts a bit twoish.
Several weeks ago he came over and he was practicing a very pouty face, you know, trying it on for size to see what we thought of it.
I said to him, "Lovey, we don't act cranky at GG's house, we are happy!"
He instantly burst into a belly laugh.
The immediate transformation caught me so off guard that I could hardly keep from rolling with laughter.
Every time he would try to pout or be cranky with me, I would repeat my phrase and he would respond with a genuine belly laugh.
A few weeks ago he came over and he was all out of sorts. This is not his nature, but we all have an off day once in awhile, right?
Since my little phrase did not seem to have its usual power, I decided to put him down for a nap. I told him that he was very cranky and not happy so he was going to have to take a nap at GG's house. He immediately said, "Ace is not sleepy, Ace is happy!"
I am a GG now, you must understand. As a momma, I probably would have stuck to my guns and that little one would have gotten his nap, but Ace did begin to act happy, so I let him stay up and play. We had the best of times . . . all because he made the decision to be happy and not cranky.
Amazing! A two year old showing self-control. The phrase, "Ace is not sleepy, Ace is happy!" has stuck. We hear it often now.
The other day while he was here and we were playing, I yawned very big. I wasn't thinking when I said, "GG is getting sleepy."
He very loudly responded, "GG is not sleepy, GG is HAPPY!"
Ace is right. This GG is very happy! Very, very happy!!!
Sometimes, I have to decide to be happy and not cranky. If that little guy can do it, so can I. Honestly, sometimes I have to pray for help.
How about you? Are you happy today? I hope so, my friend.
"Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity." Colossians 3:12-14 NIV