Yesterday was a hard day. We had a swim lesson scheduled for the kids. Because it was to be their first class, we spent time psyching them up. When we arrived, they could barely contain their excitement.
But the venue had a scheduling mix-up, and they could not accommodate us.
On the car ride home, there was screaming, tears, and tantrums.
Oh – and then there was the reaction of the kids! (In truth, we did what we could to redirect their disappointment. It was a very difficult car ride).
We then realized how a little ice cream always makes things better. So we stopped, indulged, and went home happy.
No, the treat did not erase the problem. But in that moment in time, we were able to transform “I scream” to “ice cream.” Sometimes, just a small shift, can make all the difference!
With love and Shalom,
Rabbi Zach Shapiro