My daughter, Elliana, has this amusing habit when she wants something from me. Not just any old something, mind you, but something she thinks I won’t give her. She’ll say with a big heavy sigh, “I wish I could have candy.” Or she’ll drop her head and shoulders and mumble, “I bet you won’t let me watch TV right now.”
She doesn’t actually ask me for anything. She “wishes” for it or “bets me” that I won’t let her have it. Sometimes she doesn’t even say these things directly to me. She says them just loud enough for me to hear them, though.
It tickles me and irritates me at the same time.
I used to ignore her when she’d do this, hoping she’d get the hint to ask for things properly. But she didn’t take the hint. So I started responding to her statements with, “Are you asking me? Or just wishing for it?” She still didn’t take the hint.
Finally, I spoke plainly to her: “If you want a piece of candy, then ask me. Say, ‘Mom, may I please have a piece of candy?’”
Today I’m honored to be a guest at The Glorious Table, where I share how God taught me a precious truth through this interaction with my daughter. Please join me there to continue reading.