Thursday, March 5, 2009


The toddler and I went grocery shopping on Monday. He loves cantaloupe, so I was thrilled that they were on sale for only $1.79 each. As soon as I put it in the cart, he started asking, “CANLOPE NOW?

Cantaloupe isn’t really a good “shopping snack,” so I explained that we’d have to eat it at home—after it ripened.

After we got home and unloaded the groceries, he went into full meltdown mode. “CANLOPE NOW! CANLOPE READY NOW!”

But it wasn’t ready. It needed to ripen. I tried to explain that the cantaloupe would be yucky if we ate it now, but he kept insisting, “NO! FINE!”

Toddlers and waiting patiently don’t go together very well.

I can relate. I hate waiting. We’re in a season of waiting right now, and it’s driving me up a wall. And yet God knows what’s best for us. He knows what we need, and He knows when we need it.

(Incidentally, the next morning Llama Papa fed the kids breakfast and sliced into the cantaloupe, much to the toddlers delight. When I walked into the kitchen he smiled and said, “CANLOPE NOW! DADDY SAID YES!” He ate almost the whole thing.)


stacey @ tree, root, and twig said...

What a nice comparison to make! You're right, things need to ripen in their season. A lovely post.

ChosenRebel said...

I swing between "Waiting is over-rated (waiting sucks)" to "all good things come to those who wait" everyday of my life. Thanks for the reminder that God is the perfect timer.

Marmot Mom said...

Amen, Chosen Rebel!

Kim Zook said...

My little girl just had cantelope this morning too! We spent about 20 minutes carving out melon balls first and for every two balls she carved out, she ate one! Meanwhile I was waiting for her to finish so I could clean up the mess and eat some myself! Waiting and writing some times works to help us see the mess (or areas to edit), but it takes a lot of patience and this is something I am learning!

Halfmom, AKA, Susan said...

well said! we're in a season of waiting around here as well and I must confess that it is not something I do now. what a good reminder you have given me about waiting until the time is "ripe" - thanks!

Esther said...

Oh I hear ya...can't wait for that sweet tastin' cantelope! Hang in there.