Do you have a spirit animal? Or, do you have a spirit toy?
One time in Mexico, my husband described me as an Etch-a-Sketch. As a disclaimer, you should know that there was a possible drink or three involved with this statement, but hey, it was Mexico.
How could he say that? What could he mean? So what’s an Etch-a-Sketch and what the heck does it have to do with me?
It’s a toy mostly intended for children; it’s plastic, with two white knobs and is very hard to control. You can attempt to create beautiful things on an Etch-a-Sketch. However, in my experience, it always looked like a lousy, never-ending maze. Children had no idea how deep you could go, what amazing things you could create, and we were absolutely fine with that.
The best part of an Etch-a-Sketch in my mind is that no matter what you create you can always shake it up and have a fresh start — what a refreshing way to think about life.
So how does this relate to me?
I’ll confess that I’m hard to control, difficult to encourage and more stubborn than my teen. Ok, I’m starting to fit the bill of an Etch-a-Sketch.
When looking at my family from this new perspective, my husband is all about money and winning; his spirit toy is a Monopoly game. My kiddo is moody, so I think she’s more of a Chutes and Ladders kind of gal. And, I have one cousin that is one hundred percent a Mouse Trap (I recommend staying away from that one).
So what about you? What is your spirit toy?
I bet we have a couple Hungry, Hungry Hippos out there!
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