You’re better than that!
A Grandfather picks his grandson up from school one Friday afternoon. “How was school?” The Granddad asked.
“Okay, I guess,” mumbled the son. “What does that mean?” asked the Granddad.
“Well the teacher assigned a ton of homework. It will take me all weekend to get it done,” the boy complained. “Really?” asked the boy’s Grandfather. The boy continued, “Yeah and some people at lunch were making fun of my shirt and it put me in a bad mood especially right after was pressured into using part of my snack money for some stupid classroom tax my teacher is making us pay. I hate it.”
The Grandfather looked over as his grandson sitting in the passenger seat with his arms folded across his chest and said, “Son….. Let me tell you something I don’t ever want you to forget…..You’re better than that.”
“What do you mean?” asked the puzzled boy.
“Complaining about work? You should be ashamed of yourself. Having a task to accomplish is a noble cause. Your teacher has assigned it because she wants you to learn. So do the job without complaining. Do it not just to get done, but rather to get something from it.”
The Grandad continued, “And who cares about who makes fun of you. Remember, it’s none of your business what others think of you. Why let it bother you. You’re letting the outside world affect your inside world. You should be forcing your inside world to affect your outside world.”
The boy takes a long sigh. “You’re right I guess, but I still don’t think it’s fair I have to pay a classroom tax. I’m just a kid.”
“Son you are going to pay taxes the rest of your life. You might as well become a happy tax payer. Don’t complain about it. Be better than that. Grow beyond that. That’s the language of the defeated. Does the golden goose eat too much? Maybe, but be glad you have one. If no one paid taxes you would be standing in a field somewhere with someone not as qualified trying to educate you. Wouldn’t that be sad?” The Dad explained. “Son, I love you, but you are better than that!”