Friday, June 20, 2014

Come What May and Love It

Today we met up with a good friend and her girls in a city about 30 minutes from our house
to play at a park and splash pad.
Just as we were arriving, a major downpour started.
We were soaked to the skin!
We made a run for the covered section at the top of the highest slide,
up two sections of stairs,
and huddled up there thinking maybe the rain would stop since Texas is known for its sudden, short-lived crazy rainstorms.
My friend's daughter was not a bit fazed by the rain--she went down the slide over and over while the rest of us sat in the uncharacteristically freezing rain
(which was blowing in all over us)
and I couldn't get over how funny it all was.

Poor Talmage doesn't have any fat on him to keep him warm
and told me through his shivering,
"It is like fifty-seventy-five degrees out here!"

Eventually we just had to admit the storm wasn't passing and head back to my friend's house.
And wouldn't you know it, just as we were getting back to her house the sun came out.
So we stopped at another park and played.

The whole incident reminded me of one of my favorite talks--
"Come What May and Love It" by Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin.

Doesn't this section bring a smile to your face?

"I remember loading up our children in a station wagon and driving to Los Angeles. There were at least nine of us in the car, and we would invariably get lost. Instead of getting angry, we laughed. Every time we made a wrong turn, we laughed harder.
"Getting lost was not an unusual occurrence for us. Once while heading south to Cedar City, Utah, we took a wrong turn and didn’t realize it until two hours later when we saw the “Welcome to Nevada” signs. We didn’t get angry. We laughed, and as a result, anger and resentment rarely resulted. Our laughter created cherished memories for us.
"I remember when one of our daughters went on a blind date. She was all dressed up and waiting for her date to arrive when the doorbell rang. In walked a man who seemed a little old, but she tried to be polite. She introduced him to me and my wife and the other children; then she put on her coat and went out the door. We watched as she got into the car, but the car didn’t move. Eventually our daughter got out of the car and, red faced, ran back into the house. The man that she thought was her blind date had actually come to pick up another of our daughters who had agreed to be a babysitter for him and his wife.
"We all had a good laugh over that. In fact, we couldn’t stop laughing. Later, when our daughter’s real blind date showed up, I couldn’t come out to meet him because I was still in the kitchen laughing. Now, I realize that our daughter could have felt humiliated and embarrassed. But she laughed with us, and as a result, we still laugh about it today.
"The next time you’re tempted to groan, you might try to laugh instead. It will extend your life and make the lives of all those around you more enjoyable."

1 comment:

  1. "Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves, for they shall never cease to be amused."


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