The Myopic Life This Sure Ain’t Black Friday
Kristi Price My church runs a “store” for children, where the kids can spend the bucks they earn through attendance, Bible reading, and memorization. Small candy sold for a dollar; foam airplanes and sticky hands would set you back two bucks; lip gloss and snazzy ink pens were ten. There was a great assortment of goods, running along two walls. I volunteered to be the cashier. I had imagined a stampede of children, all rushing to snag the best stuff, jostling like brides-to-be at the annual Running of the Brides sale at Filene’s Basement – “a thousand gowns stripped from the racks in sixty seconds” (and only one concussion…no, wait - that’s Walmart on Black Friday.) So with this image in mind, I positioned myself to watch for flying elbows, tugs-of-war, and potential shoplifters. I’m a mom. I know better - kids aren’t angels. Except, these kids...were. They didn’t rush the store at all - they came over in orderly pairs. And instead of blowing every last buck in their envelopes (which I totally would have done at that age...and sometimes this age), many were content to pick up a pack of Fun Dip and a pencil topper and save the rest of their money for another day. But it was a pair of brothers whose shopping
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trip remains etched on my heart. One had worked really, really hard, learning his verses, reading his Bible, and had accumulated a little pile of wealth. His older brother hadn’t worked as hard and had far less to spend. Together they scanned the selection, whispering to each other, picking up a wind-up car, putting it back down. They drifted toward the highdollar table; the older one’s eyes lit up when he spied a box of Legos. But he was short on cash. The younger studied the Lego box - he was only two bucks short of the sticker price. But he didn’t really want this toy. His brother, however, was starting to bounce on his toes with excitement. So the younger studied and thought for a moment. I could see the furrows in his brow smooth out and a smile start. He finally sang out, “We could both spend some, and then we could share this!” And a plan was born. The older brother chipped in his meager stash; the younger not only supplied the remainder, but then divided what he had left with the older for next time. Both boys wore faces of jovial gratitude. They walked off with their Legos, proud as conquering kings...wearing the mantle of The King. Let’s set our hearts as these brothers have, anticipating the true reason for the season. Merry Christmas! Kristi blogs weekly at themyopiclife.wordpress.com N
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