“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.
Under the Parents’ tutelage, the Child learns both discipline and to wish for the greater things in life. After all, there is always more – more gadgets, more places to see, more parties to attend and more sunrays to soak up. He most cherishes his playtime, relaxing time, do-nothing time – times that obscure and distract from the trials and tribulations of life.
Work is unpleasant; it has become a four-letter word. It is a necessity for his working class, and, he thinks, maybe a punishment for his ancestors’ short- falls. And he brings this up when he wants sympathy. After all, he is not among those lucky enough to have wealth served up on a silver platter.
The Child begins to explore opportunities and experiences. Some seem fun, some hard and others not the least bit appealing. But he is zealous in his quest for discovery. He asks to try his hand at something of interest, something in- triguing and new, which requires thought and coordination. His Parents en- courage and excite him: “You can do anything you want in life.” A noble statement, an encouraging phrase.
The Child’s excitement is short-lived, however, as he soon learns that mas- tering the skill will require work. Maybe there’s something else he’d enjoy more, something that’s easier. The supportive Parents understand this was not meant to be, but the next opportunity will come, and maybe he’ll commit to honing that new skill.