jack tracks

At a park near my grandson’s home, I noticed some metal tracks running at a slant along a low cement wall surrounding the play area where the slide, swings, and whatnot were located.  It occurred to me that perhaps the tracks were meant for racing Matchbox cars or Hot Wheels. I also noticed the tracks were a bit dirty and covered with dead leaves from nearby trees.

The next time I visited Jack, I stopped at Target to buy a whiskbroom, some wax paper, and a half-dozen or so Hot Wheels race cars. I packed a cooler with a few toddler-friendly snacks. When my son-in-law, Adam, got home from work, we loaded up his car and drove out to the park to introduce Jack to the joys of Hot Wheels racing.

When we arrived at the park, I busied myself sweeping the dirt and dead leaves from the track. Next, I set about rubbing wax paper along the tracks to give the Hot Wheels a little extra oomph. Adam and I took turns sweeping, waxing, and playing on the slide and swings with my grandson.

Once we had the track ready, it was time to show my grandson just how cool it is to race Hot Wheels! Adam and I lined up the cars and sent them roaring down the now-slick metal tracks. We called, “Jack, look! Watch the cars go!”

Jack had another idea. The whiskbroom was much more interesting to him. He busied himself with the apparently joyful task of sweeping dirt and leaves onto the metal tracks. After a couple of attempts to engage Jack in our Hot Wheels racing, Adam and I gave up, laughed, and enjoyed watching Jack sweep and sweep and sweep. He swept dirt all over those tracks!

I recently reflected back on that day at the park, and thought about it as a metaphor in life. Sometimes we make a plan, prepare for the journey, sweep the path, and even take extra steps (such as using wax paper on a metal track) to ensure things go as smoothly as possible. However, sometimes we find it doesn’t work out the way we thought. In fact, sometimes someone comes along and sweeps dirt onto our path and seemingly blocks the way we had planned to go. Sometimes that person is not a sweet grandson, and sometimes the dirt turns our plans and our journey in an entirely new and unwanted direction.

What do we do then?

We move forward, one day at a time. We take stock. We find that there is love all around us if we look for it. We also see that we still have our broom. On our best days, we use it to keep our side of the street clean because that’s all we can do anyway. On other days we just might jump on that broom and take it for a spin in a direction we’ve never gone before. Our choices are as wide as the sky.

20 comments on “Dirty Tracks”

  1. Boy, that sure is true. I am glad that you guys had the mental agility to recognize your grandson had learned the sweeping lesson and wanted to enjoy that for awhile. You were also aware that a nice day at the park together is the most important thing, not just the ONE PLAN. We all get trapped in our little boxes until something comes along asking us to adapt…

  2. Very insightful. It’s not always what you do but how you do things and how you feel about them. Another lesson in mindful living.

  3. Welcome back! Kids are sort of like cats. Often the box is more interesting than the toy inside. How cool is it that you have a park with a hot wheel track? I bet Jack will like little cars as he grows up.

  4. What a wonderful story, and metaphor. It really makes me think of what my sister is going through right now. Someone has definitely swept the leaves back on her track.

  5. So glad to see you’re back. This is such a sweet and insightful story you’ve shared. We can all learn a lot from Jack.
    BTW: I’ve never seen a matchbox track before—so cool.
    XO

  6. 最嚣张逆向直销,上线替下线赚钱

    每人限定五个VIP下线,多余自动下滑,总共八级提成。

    等于下线加入上线赚,上线给下线发展会员。

    会费终生98元,做我下线,教授群发经验,日发百万。

    什么也不干就赚钱,在这里轻松实现。

    加入越早,下线滑落到你名下越早,越赚钱。

    不懂的先进入网站了解提成制度

    网站:

    http://www.9489988.com/

    乙未年(羊)三月十九 2015-5-7

  7. 最嚣张逆向直销网赚,上线替下线赚钱

    ———————————-

    投资九十八元,什么也不用干,净赚二百余万

    八级提成,五倍倍增,每级限定下线人数分别为:

    5人,25人,125人,625人,3125人,15625人,78125人,390625人

    多余下线滑落到一级下线名下,一级下线填完,自动滑落到二级下线名下

    类推。等于下线加入上线赚,上线给下线发展会员。

    ———————————-

    如果是你自己推荐的下线,不管滑落到几级名下,你每个提成50元

    如果是你上线帮你推荐的,不管滑到你几级,你每个都提成5元

    什么也不干,坐等滑落,八级填满,净赚244万。自己推广,赚钱高达千万。

    ———————————-

    做我下线,代发十万评论,全部是独立博客,提供发送记录。

    发送效果如本条广告。不限内容,不限性质。完全免费,一天完工。

    ———————————-

    网站:

    http://www.12120.e681.com/

    QQ:14022301

  8. send 10,000 blog comments Fee just $ 100
    send 100,000 blog comments Fee just $ 800
    send 200,000 blog comments Fee just $ 1200
    Put the money to my paypal: sdzfd@hotmail.com
    Then, sent the following information to my mailbox: sdzfd@hotmail.com. I finish my work in Three days, and send you the sends recording.
    ———————————–
    Name:
    Mail:
    Website:
    Comment:
    ———————————–
    Currently,I have a total of 300,000 independent domain name blog

  9. 完全免费,三重收益,十级提成,百万资源,千万流量,终生收钱

    【真免费,赚点①】三重收益:每日签到就有钱,有人注册就有钱,下线升级就有钱,什么都不干也赚钱

    【真免费,赚点②】十级提成:十级内任何人付费升级你都有钱,最高提成一百元,其年年续费你年年赚

    【真免费,赚点③】百万资源:网赚项目、营销软件、名师讲座、设计素材、文档资料,一键转存免费下

    【真免费,赚点④】千万流量:会员所发布的产品、项目,均在官网和全体免费会员网站显示,共享流量

    【真免费,赚点⑤】无限广告:免费注册拥有终生主语自己的独立网站,八个栏目,不限数量广告任你发

    网址: http://5555.356688.com/

    QQ:14022301

Lurkers are welcome. Commenters are welcomer.