Monday, January 19, 2009

Breaking the Lock by Stephanie R. Crow

One night while lying in bed, Stephanie just suddenly began speaking:

“Mom, you can cheat in life.”

“For instance, if there's a lock, you can break it with a key. Say a person is the lock, and they want to pressure you to do too much volunteering. You can just use the key to break the lock. The key is say, ‘No.’”

“It's like cheating because in a game there are rules and if you try to play a different way, then you are cheating.”

“So in life if you break the lock with the key, you are cheating in life by not following their rules.”

“If a person is saying you absolutely have to do it - then you have to.. but they're a person... a person doesn't know what you're supposed to do.”

“Don't do anything unless it's something you can't "cheat" on - if you don't have a key and cannot do anything about it and you're locked in jail.”

“In life...

there's a key
there's a lock
there's a door to open
there's a jail to get put in
there's a jail to get out of
there's a home to stay in
there's a junk place where all the junk goes.”

*Stephanie gave me this advice when she was 7 years old.

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