My kids can’t be happy about anything in the future.
Crappy Papa and I know this, so we don’t make the mistake of giving them good news too early.
Grandparents don’t know this. They enjoy delivering good news and bringing joy to their grandchildren.
This is what I mean:
They announce the good news. Momentarily, it has the desired effect. Grandparents bring joy! Yay!
And then the grandparents leave and go home.
For us though, it continues:
No. Not today.
I crush their hope day after day. They whine. They get upset. They get angry at me because today isn’t the day. They ask me how many days before we go. They beg to go early. They don’t sleep at night because they are too excited. They get up extra early because they are too excited.
Everyone is miserable.
Good news too early means waiting. Waiting means pain and suffering.
Good news is actually bad news.
But finally, the day arrives! I get to tell them the news! Actual good news this time, because today is the day! No more waiting!
Only they don’t seem to hear me.
The topic of going to Disneyland has brought such disappointment for so long that they don’t even know how to react.
So they just kinda shrug and say:
(Don’t worry, they pepped up as soon as we got in the car and they realized it was really happening.)
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