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Topic: Favoritism (02/28/05)

TITLE: Summer Fun
By mary wolf


Playing together with cousins was a great summertime gift.
For a person growing up alone,it is difficult not to be lonely.
Having a house full through the Summer was wonderful.
Mother,however,probably didnt think so.

While spending time alone does give the advantage of learning how to be creative, it offers no audience to see the creativity.
When cousins came, all were treated with an exuberant welcome.

By the end of summer, familiarity began to creep in and there was a bit of favoritism shone.
Parents have all seen it; He wont let me play! I had it first. You always pick what to play, its my turn.

To those who let you choose, occasionally, which game to play or the character to play in those made up games of imitation, there was definitely favoritism shone.

People, who seem to do it your way, or please you, are granted favoritism.

Many times, it is not even a recognizable trait. It is simply the path of least resistance.
However to go the extra mile with someone who makes you earn their respect,someone it takes effort to get to know and understand, will enrich your personality.
They may be the greater friends in the end, because it will broaden views beyond the knowledge already attained.

Simply getting ones way continually produces self-centeredness.
Often times, God allows people into our life to cause adversity, forcing us to grow into a level of more maturity.

Mother had a great tool for solving disagreements. If a conclusion was not attained quickly and peaceably, the two or three causing the problem were separated the next day.
In other words, if you could not play without fighting among yourselves, you could play alone. There was no favoritism allowed in that rule.

Another amazing remedy she had for learning to get alone with younger cousins, was also without partiality.
Any time one of the children began accusing or excusing, Mother would tell us settle it or she would come out.

On occasion, when she did have to get involved the method was a lesson within itself. Every one got the same punishment from the oldest down.

In its self, this rule made honest children of us. No matter how much you disagreed with another, the compassion usually allowed the guilty one to confess and save the day.

Today if that system were used the parent would probably be accused of abusing the Non-guilty. Instead, it taught us to be loyal to each other.
To be diplomatic, while handling our disagreements.
To be patient with those younger.
It also taught them to respect the older cousins, as a figure of authority. Everyone was included in the playtime.
It simply did not allow for preferential treatment.

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donna robinson03/08/05
Very wise mother here! I loved the way you described the summer of cousins. Especially liked the way you mention at the end what would "happen" if a mother solved things like this today! My mom's favorite saying was, "if i have to settle it you both get punish for making me come in there! Fair? Maybe not but it did teach us how to solve our problems! Very enjoyable read