When I was a kid, no matter how many fun things we got to do, it was never enough. The moment it was over, I was thinking, “What’s next?” Typical of a kid, right?
My dad was a Marine and Community Boy Scout leader. If you weren’t up by 7am, the day was wasted. The one phrase you NEVER said around my dad was “I’M BORED.”
If you didn’t grab OPPORTUNITY by the HORNS and find something to do, once that complaint was made, he was gonna Plan your day for you.
We lived on the lake. Our day consisted of a few daily chores, lots of swimming, trampoline jumping and biking to our heart’s content. One time, my sister and I could not stop fighting and complaining – there was nothing to do. We were hollering “She’s looking at me!” Stop repeating everything I say!” and the list went on. Then one of us uttered the life changing phrase: I’m bored!
Next thing I know, he had made provisions for a TRUCK LOAD OF BRICKS to be dropped along the side of the house. I mean, a TRUCK Load. We were looking out the window like . . . What’s that for? It was a special delivery, just for us. . . Our job was to Move all the bricks from one side of the house to the other!! And when we were done . . . (like Forrest Gump said) . . . we had to move ’em BACK! I tell ya, if that won’t fix a squabble and bordem, I don’t know what will.
I learned TEAM BUILDING that day. I also learned Never to say: I”M BORED. It made quiet the impression on me. To this day, I cannot utter the words: I AM BORED. I use to think how terrible it was that my dad would do something like this, until I had kids of my own.
And now, on days when I hear them pitching a fit in the back yard, fighting over a rock, because they can’t get along or there’s nothing to do in the backyard full of every toy, playground equipment and tire swing known to mankind, I think about calling Home Depot and having a truck load of bricks delivered. : )