Prayer is part of our family tradition. We say prayers with Sean before bedtime and we offer prayers of thanksgiving before every meal whether we are at home or out at a restaurant.
When Sean and I pray together, one of the things we always thank God for is daddy who works hard so that we never have to worry about having enough to eat and so that we can have so many nice things, like a roof over our heads.
The reason for this is twofold. One, aside from the fact that as a Christian family, we are teaching Sean that all blessings flow from God, our Father and Creator, I want Sean to learn to be grateful for all that we have. I want him to always be aware that not everyone has everything they need — that we are fortunate. Second, I want Sean to understand that all the nice things we enjoy cost money and that money is provided by his father who has to work for it.
So then, last week, we were all three in the kitchen eating lunch and I handed Sean the last sleeve of Ritz crackers.
“We’re almost out of crackers Mom,” he said. “We need to go to Wal-Mart and get some more.”
“What if you didn’t have any money for crackers?” Antique Daddy asked him.
“Well you would give us some,” Sean countered.
“Well, what if I didn’t work and didn’t have any money to give you, then what?” Antique Daddy pressed.
“Well, then we’d get someone else to work for us,” Sean reasoned.
What a career opportunity — you “get” to work for us AND! give us money for crackers.