The Fruit Loops Fiasco

The Fruit Loops Fiasco

Now that the kids are grown they laugh at my equal opportunity style of parenting.  “Mom, do you really think we’d be jealous if you spent more on one kid than the other?”

   I remember the Fruit Loops Fiasco.

“Mrs. Rondeau, call on line three,” came over the loud speaker. I left my meeting to answer the phone. Not that the meeting was that critical, no life or death decisions for me to make. However, as a department head, the meeting would be stalled until I returned.

“Mom, there’s only a few fruit loops left in the cereal box and John won’t share.”

“You called me at work because of Fruit Loops?”

My anger could be heard throughout the office wing of the facility. My boss leaned against my door, his amusement obvious.

“You wait,” I told him. “Someday you’ll have kids and you’ll remember!”

At the time, mine were teenagers, still lacking in problem solving skills like how to share the last helping of Fruit Loops. Maybe there is truth in the belief that birth order is a source of sibling conflict. John, the oldest, felt more deserving. Jim, the youngest felt the baby of the family should receive leniency. Edie, well, Edie just thought she deserved them for acing her algebra test.

Law #7 SpeedingIf I’d been home, I’d have solved the argument readily with my if-you-can’t-learn-to-share-nobody-gets it routine. But before I could talk out a temporary solution, I heard the swishing sound of Fruit Loops leaving the box and spreading softly onto the linoleum. “I’ll be home in an hour and there had better not be any Fruit Loops on the floor when I do.”

As God’s children, how much do we resemble squabbling adolescents? We measure our spiritual worth by what we feel God should give us. We’ve served the Lord faithfully for years. Aren’t we more deserving of blessing than the one newly to the altar?

We envy Patty the Pianist, Sally the Singer, and Jeffrey the Jokester. We fail to realize that the father blesses as He deems best. Since we know he withholds no good thing from His child, what He withholds is also for our benefit.

Why is that so hard to understand?

If life we’re fair, we’d all have balding heads. If life were fair, we’d all wear a size eight. Just as we are created with different body types and varying degrees of hair thickness, so our God shapes and foliates our spiritual life for His Glory.

Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s (Psalm 103:1 – 5).

 

 

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About Linda Wood Rondeau

Award-winning author Linda Wood Rondeau writes blended contemporary fiction that demonstrates, once surrendered to God, our worst past often becomes our best future. Retired from her long career in human services, she enjoys being able to play golf year around. Readers may visit her website and blog, called Snark and Sensibility.

Comments

  1. Thank you for such a great post! The things learned from the Fruit Loops will never be forgotten. We measure our spiritual worth by what we feel God should give us. We’ve served the Lord faithfully for years. Aren’t we more deserving of blessing than the one newly to the altar? We all compare ourselves to one another, when what we should be focusing on, is our own personal relationship with God. When we do that, we are not looking around being envious of other people. This post spoke to my heart. Thank you!

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  2. Thank you for your kind response. It is a natural tendency as believers to think our dedication and service puts us on a priority list with God. Such was the case with the disciples’ argument over who would be greater in God’s kingdom, or who would earn the place a Jesus’s right side.

    It is enough that we are forgiven.

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  3. My quirky mind has to ask: did each kid pick up the same number of Fruit Loops off the floor? I can just see my son counting them all and announcing how many each of them had to clean up!

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  4. Thank you for stopping by. No they managed to work together to avoid punishment…they knew they’d tried my patience, especially since I had to leave work. The kids are adults now and they get along quite well. Teenagers, not so much! Seems they needed more supervision between 12-17 then when babies!

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  5. What a great post! I remember those days of “no one gets the last Fruit Loop.” Now my kids are mediating their children. It’s hard sometimes to understand why one person gets something and another one doesn’t. I’m glad God knows best!

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  6. Thank you for stopping by and your leaving a comment. Yes, God does know what is best for us. Though we don’t understand, believing that and taking it to heart is so freeing. Blessings.

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