It was only a few weeks ago when Lyla’s new favorite way to begin a sentence was, “I want (and fill in the blank).” She wanted to be held, she wanted to play, she wanted to eat, she wanted to color, she wanted to come up, go down, throw the ball, etc. You get the picture.
This week, she has expanded her vocabulary and now begins every sentence with “I need.” I need to get down, I need to come up, I need to eat, I need a drink, etc. Again, you get the picture.
Just the other day I brought a caterpillar cookie cutter to her house, with which we together cut out peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and called them “caterpillar sandwiches” (for obvious reasons), and simply because it was fun!
Yesterday morning when I stopped by for a few minutes, as soon as Lyla saw me she said, “Hi Gummy. I need to make a caterpillar sandwich.” She really wasn’t hungry, and she probably really didn’t even want a peanut butter and jelly sandwich at that moment. I laughed about it that afternoon and thought to myself that at a month shy of turning 2, she doesn’t know the difference yet between what she wants and what she truly needs.
Today though, I wondered a lot deeper about whether or not sometimes I can tell the difference between some of the things I want, and what I truly need. I really wrestle with God about some of those things. And just like Lyla thinking she needed that caterpillar sandwich at 10 a.m., I probably don’t need half the things I want to have either.
Grandchildren. Hmmmm, they really can make ya’ think!
Here’s the recipe: Make a peanut butter & jelly sandwich, and use a cookie cutter in the shape of a caterpillar! I know, I know – Easiest recipe ever, right ??? Grandkids are so much fun!
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