My children are always wishing that they were our miniature poodle, who seems to basically eat, sleep, and poop — they wish this because he doesn’t have chores; he has no homework and he has no pressure to do well at whatever it is he’s doing. I reassure them daily that their life is far more meaningful, filled with so much of life, so much learning and so much to look forward to, but my words seem always to land on deaf ears. They still yearn for the “easy” life. In fact, they’ve said many times over that if we won the lottery, they wouldn’t have to go to college — to which I always respond: If we won the lottery, you’d go to the best college money could buy! Are you kidding me? Knowledge is key. After all, if they were millionaires, who’d managing their money? Without a strong business and finance base, they’ll never learn the ins and outs of successful money management. Too many times I’ve read about people winning lotteries, only to discover that they have no idea what to do with it.
Right now, my children are 14, 17 and 19 — so I don’t expect them necessarily to see the long-term ramifications of their point of view; but when I ask them what our dog has to look forward to every day, they respond with: Another walk? Some more play time? After several stabs at this discussion, they finally realize that our dog has a really boring life. No matter how many walks he goes on, or how much playtime we manage to have with him, every day is basically the same; whereas they can be anything they want, from a doctor to a lawyer to a veterinarian. They can go on walks on their own without someone keeping them on a leash — and they can get whatever they want out of the fridge whenever they want, all things our dog cannot do — which leaves me wondering: If my dog had one wish, I wonder if he’d wish to be one of my children?