The money spider story.
My son has taught me many lessons about believing over the years. Today I want to share one of the most memorable.
When my son was very young, I forget now exactly how old he was, probably about 5 or 6 I would guess, he had a tiny spider on his arm.
I told him it was fine, it was a money spider. Any spider that is really tiny is a money spider in my family. That’s just what we’ve always called them.
We gently placed the tiny spider in the garden and I forgot all about it. A few days later my son asked me when he would get his money.
Confused by his question, I asked “What money?”
“My money from the spider” he replied.
I immediately remembered our little money spider chat, smiled and replied “I’m sure it will be here soon.”
A few days later my son and I were walking back to our car in a deserted car park. At the side of our car, my son picked up a 20 Euro note (we lived in Spain at the time).
He held it up to me and asked what to do.
I smiled and replied “I guess that’s your money from the money spider.”
He smiled, got into the car, very happy with his money and totally accepting that, that’s how it works. No beliefs to block him!
I often think of this day and wish that I was able to have that same belief. I work on it and I’m getting there. As an adult, I’ve got far more blocks to shift.
It’s a reminder that as parents we need to allow our children to believe, even when we cannot.