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Don’t do what you want to do but they want to do

Don’t do what you want to do but they want to do
This entry is part 61 of 70 in the series Spark

You want to write an espionage thriller. They want to write about dragons.

SPOILER ALERT / PRO TIP: Go with the dragons.

Scenario Multiple Choice:

  1. Son asks you to play 1-on-1 basketball outside. It’s drizzling. It’s after dinner.
  2. Son wants to write a story about dragons.
  3. Son asks you to watch the last episode of Stranger Things. Sitting on a couch. For an hour.
  4. Son wants you to watch ______________ (I don’t even know the name of the PS4 game) and how he’s working with his friends to defeat the enemy.

Which do you choose?

Do you feel your own likes and dislikes coming up? You weigh the options and factors:

  1. You’re tired.
  2. You don’t even like dragons.
  3. He’s your son.
  4. He’ll only be 9-years-old once.
  5. You’ve been really wanting to see the last episode of Stranger Things. He loves it, too.
  6. But he’d rather play basketball.
  7. You always say no.
  8. When will be that day you do what he wants to do without concern for what you want to do?

Oops, #8 slipped in there.

Is it guilt? Is it just part of being a parent? Can we shrug off the fatigue, the long day at the office, the fact that we don’t care for dragons or basketball or PS4 shoot-em-ups and we just want to veg out on the couch for an hour?

But what if you said yes?

What would happen?

What would transpire if we did exactly what they wanted without a second thought about what we wanted?

What might happen?

Basketball. PS4. Write a story together.

Pick one.

Then pick another.

Then find me.

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