• Woody

Determination...And A Gwinky

Updated: Dec 29, 2019

Day 305


This morning, my sister and I made pancakes for 20. Accidentally quadrupling the recipe probably worked out for the better...though there are still leftovers.

The kids were playing with slinkies...which end up getting tangled together every 5 seconds, so I have spent a substantial amount of time over the past two days untangling gwinkies (Hope's pronunciation).

While making pancakes, one of the gwinkies was handed to me a nearly hopeless mess. I was informed that I wasn't going to be able to fix it. So naturally, I was extra determined to restore said gwinky to working order...challenge accepted.

After about 30 frustrating minutes of fiddling with the gwinky, while simultaneously flipping pancakes, a slightly deformed gwinky was no longer tied up in knots. In addition, I didn't even burn any pancakes in the process, which is likely the more impressive accomplishment considering that multitasking isn't listed anywhere in my top 100 strengths...just ask my wife if you don't believe me.

Determination, among other synonyms like doggedness and grit, is a word that I've often heard used to describe those who sustain success. They are also qualities that I try to instill in my children.

I was proud to hear that Ace eventually conquered a sand bank yesterday after numerous failed attempts. And I was equally impressed to hear that Mia and Jayce (cousin) engineered a trash banner that spanned the width of the backseat of the car on the way back from their Disney adventure yesterday.

I won't go as far to say that with determination, you can accomplish anything; but there are certainly many things that can't be accomplished without a great deal of it.

Also, if there is a market for professional gwinky untangling, you know who to call.

*My sister, Chérie, jokingly told me that I should write about the gwinky story. I initially laughed it off, only to realize that there was actually a valuable moral to the story, so there you have it.



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