This is our 3rd round participating in the Master Key Experience; our 2nd year as guides. This year we chose to involve our 10 year old son a bit more into the exercises, the readings. He has been reading The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino with us.
While he reads in silence during the day, each evening, we read aloud together. We lay down across the bed together and take turns. Gregory amazed me during Scroll I - when by the end of the 30 days he was able to read aloud from memory.
Saturday he had his first Costa Rican sleep over – a young boy from his class at school. After loads of outdoor fun, electronics, eating 3 pieces of pizza each, a banana split topped with Canadian maple syrup, and a huge bowl of popcorn, 2 movies (1 in English with Spanish subtitles and the other reversed) it was time for the boys to head to bed.
Greg asked me how we were going to read Og. He seemed torn and shuffled his feet, as if he were embarrassed….reading aloud in front of his friend….hmmm. I asked him if he wanted to read an additional time tomorrow to which he responded “I cannot substitute another for it” (directly from Scroll I – a not so subtle reminder…what was I thinking suggesting this!?). We explained to Gregory’s friend in Spanish that each evening we read aloud together, as a family. And so we did! Sitting at the couch while his friend looked on. All good!
This month we are concentrating on Scroll II – “I will greet this day with love in my heart.”
Yesterday, Gregory came home from school and explained what had transpired. There is a boy in his class, a bit older than he is, who has been bullying him these past few weeks. 2 significant instances were brought to the attention of their teacher who ended up having a conversation with the boy in question. It got to the point where 2 of his friends explained to the teacher what had happened, as the one time she did not witness the incident herself. Gregory commented, “Where there are bullies, there are your friends.”
Back to yesterday….he explained to us that this same young boy had taken Gregory’s soccer ball during outside time and refused to give it back. Gregory stopped, smiled at him and in his head said “I love you.” The young boy returned Gregory’s soccer ball!
What I find fascinating is our 10 year old’s grasp of the concepts. He applies the words to his daily existence. When reading what he calls his ‘favourite part’ of Scroll II last night, while a thunder storm passed through, pounding on the roof, he added his own commentary….
“I will love the sun for it warms my bones (mmm…yes!); yet I will love the rain for it cleanses my spirit (outside, right now). I will love the light for it shows me the way (points up at the lights in our room); yet I will love the darkness for it shows me the stars (looks outside and comments not so much right now). I will welcome happiness for it enlarges my heart (hmmm, leans over and snuggles me); yet I will endure sadness for it opens my soul (later). I will acknowledge rewards for they are my due (so when do I receive my rewards?); yet I will welcome obstacles for they are my challenge (names the young boy at school).
I’ve said it before and I anticipate saying it numerous times to come, I have embraced the concept that part of my dharma is to be the mother of this young man, to be here teaching him what we have learned, guiding him to live his life in a way we did not find until we were much older. AND I also accept that he chose us as his parents, to show us the way, reminding us what is important and all which is to be held close.
I thank you for reading and allowing me to share a glimpse into our family day. May your journey be as eventful as ours is! May you have an abundance of blessings!