Come What May and Love It

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Warren fell off the swing today. He didn’t get hurt, but he cried because it was downright shocking. He’d never done that before! I was pushing him from the front and as I gave his knees a good shove he let go of the chain to point at something. Poor timing. I picked him up and dusted off the sand and asked him if he was all done, fully expecting him to say yes. But he got right back on the seat.

He started soaring again and all of a sudden asked, “Mama, did you see how I fell off the swing?’

I said, “Of course I did, silly! Are you OK?”

“Yeah!” he said and then burst out laughing about falling off the swing. “I fell off! Ha ha ha ha!” He must have said that three times over, laughing harder each time.

We were both cracking up– all over this poor kid’s fall off some playground equipment! I couldn’t believe how funny he was!

With the passing of Elder Wirthlin today, I remembered his last talk in this recent General Conference entitled, “Come What May and Love It.” His words were so encouraging and funny! I loved how he counseled us to laugh at things that we would otherwise be inclined to cringe at. He advised, “The next time you’re tempted to groan, you might try to laugh instead. It will extend your life and make the lives of all those around you more enjoyable.”

I’m sure that Renny was listening to the broadcast more than we thought and simply took those words to heart. (Wink, wink.)

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