School has come to a close for the summer, and next year I might not have the pleasure of teaching kindergarten physical education, but my last class with them, they didn’t let me down. Entertainment at its finest! Five year olds say the silliest things!
During my last class with these munchkins, one of them came over to me to inform me that they had baseball after school and we very excited delivering the news of her after school activities. Of course, out of courtesy I responded, “You sound like you really love baseball!” and her answer was precious.
With such excitement in her eyes, she looked at me with the most adorable face and said, “Yes, I love it! I get to pee in the woods there!”
Instantly, I tried my hardest not to burst out laughing and in attempts to cover my reaction, I made the suggestion that it must be also fun hitting the bat with the ball, running the bases and playing catch. Her reaction to this was also entertaining. She told me that they don’t use those things at baseball. I have no idea where this child is playing baseball, but I might want to inform my husband who is the President of our minor baseball associating that this five year old is having a rather bizarre perception of baseball.
Has this ever happened to you? Has your perception of something been totally off what your intentions were or what it should be, like this little five year old’s? Or have you ever been totally misunderstood? Maybe you try and give your husband a compliment, but he takes it the wrong way. Or could it be that you were making a joke to someone who loves to joke with you, but when you dish it, they can’t take it? Perhaps you try to be nice to your co-workers but no matter how hard you try they just keep seeing things not the way you intended them to take it.
This can be frustrating. Just like this five year old’s perception on the game of baseball, even though she was very excited to go use the bathroom in the woods this particular night. Maybe this is what she did on her first night at baseball. Could it be that the baseball field is near a river or stream and the sound makes her need to use the bathroom? Perhaps she drank lots of water when she was there, and needed to relieve herself. Whatever it is I will never know.
The same thing happens with us. Sometimes you will just never understand why people perceive you the way they do. Reality is, you are not going to make everyone happy all of the time. Not everyone is going to enjoy your company. Some people just have a reason not to like certain people for different reasons, and sometimes these reasons aren’t reasons due to you, usually they are reasons that these people are dealing with themselves.
I love the lesson in 2 Timothy 2:23-26 as it says, “Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.”
Not everyone is going to understand you, or your intentions or be totally confused of what you really stand for. Don’t let yourself get worked up over it. Just realize we all have different opinions, likes, dislikes, and views on the world around us. We have to just sometimes avoid the situation, and avoid the conflict—go in the woods and pee, if need be.
These five year olds have taught me so much in the run of a year. I can’t wait to see what they teach me next year!