I guess my lack of excitement encouraged her to move forward with her pitch.
“The good thing is” (since the “animal” part wasn’t enough to sell me) the more you get, the lower the price!”
And for added emphasis, she patted my leg, looked at me with those eyes of wonder and repeated, “The lower the price.”
Her awed delivery of the “parental selling point” was spoken just above a whisper, so I would get the point.
This “lowered price” point was repeated several times for my benefit. She would be saving me money, right? (She is 6 1/2 years old and she gets the sales pitch!)
My non-committal “uh-huh” was more than she could take, so she had to describe the animal. It had legs and arms and ears and so on. Oh, darlin’, what your daddy is missing! He would have been wiping tears of amusement from his eyes at this point. He would have purchased it for you, too, but for the time, he would have been laughing.
But me? I shut her down with “Is your room clean?”
She decided to skirt that issue and made herself scarce with a groan of frustration. For me, the most endearing part is that she has trouble with her R’s, so she said “lo-wah” instead of lower. She has such mature concepts with her childlike delivery that I chuckle for quite some time afterwards. She sounds like she is from the Bronx.
I love the way my children can come so boldly to me about their desires. They may not always get what they want. In fact, the chances are really good that they won’t. But they make their way boldly to me to ask what they want.
Sometimes I tell them “no” with amusement, sometimes their answer is “no” with a reprimand, and sometimes it is between the two. However, there are the “yes” times as well.
There is nothing so great as to surprise someone you love with what they desire. So I think of two scriptures here:
“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)
Then I think of the words found in the Psalms:
“Delight yourself in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4)
God wants to shower us with His blessings. What are we waiting for? He has the same three responses I do - yes, no, and maybe later.