Let us be of good cheer, remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear are those which will never happen. ~James Russell LowellAs I understand the teachings of the Zen, the goal is to not just to know but to become enlightened. Wikipedia says, "Zen emphasizes the attainment of enlightenment and the personal expression of direct insight in the Buddhist teachings." In teaching we could call this internalizing the knowledge. Ah for the ability to truly become one with the knowledge we have attained throughout our life. So that brings me to the new drive through window at the local 7-Eleven convenience mart.
When the latest granddaughter climbed behind the wheel of the family car I was all about peace and joy and the universe being on our side. She is #6 of the 12 to learn to drive. Only one other dented the car. She drove through the back wall of the garage. As a family, it was going pretty good. That was before #6 drove through the plate glass window at the 7-Eleven. Now, I think I can worry. I know I have permission from all grandparents in the world to suck in my breath and suffer a little anxiety. I have to acknowledge that there is no bubble that surrounds the ones I love from mistakes.
Her friend called and invited her to come have breakfast the next morning. Her dad was taking them. The friend said "We are going to the 7-Eleven. I hear they have a new drive-through window! Wanna come?" Really, you have to giggle a little bit don't you?
Note: I need to confess that I totally blocked the wreck that the brother of #6 had. A little old lade (like me) pulled out in front of him at an interesection. His mothers VW was totally. I he did not get a ticket and no one was hurt. Now that I think about it, this driving thing is not going as well as I thought it was.
Linked to: Grandma's Brief Grand Social