On the first day of school, Stephen put two packs of candy in both Kate and Gavin's lunch boxes; one pack of Starburst and one pack of Skittles. He said they could eat one package on the first day of school but they had to keep the other package in their lunch box for the last day of school.
He wanted to teach them patience.
When Stephen was in the Navy, he had two six-month deployments on his submarine. He also would go out to sea for weeks at a time intermittently. Whenever he went out to sea for a lengthy period of time he would buy himself two packages of California Fruits Starburst. He would eat one package on his way out to sea and put the second package away in his bunk. Only when he was on his way back home would he eat his second package of Starbursts.
In a world of instant gratification, I love how Stephen is teaching our children the power of patience and the importance of delayed gratification.
Today is the last day of lunch at school this year!!!
I asked Kate and Gavin what it was like to have candy in their lunch boxes all year. Kate said she learned to be patient. Gavin shared that it was hard and he was tempted often to eat them but chose to wait.
Nice work Stephen.
I have a feeling Kate will enjoy each Starburst and Gavin each Skittle on a whole new level today!