The Beauty of Erasers

Recently, I was helping my oldest son work on a book report for school. After he wrote a section, I would review it for any spelling or grammatical errors. As I read, I realized that (just like his dad) my son is super smart…so smart in fact that his brain works much faster than his pencil. On every sentence, he left out a word and had to go back and erase and rewrite the phrase so that it would make sense.

After a little while, I could tell he was getting frustrated so I said, “Aren’t we lucky to have erasers? Imagine if every time we messed up, we had to start all the way over at the beginning!” Now, I don’t always say the right thing when my kids get frustrated or upset, but for some reason, this time, it worked! Every time he had to erase, he would just smile and laugh and we would say, “Thank goodness we don’t have to do the whole thing over!”

As he finished his project, I thought about how lucky we are to have little erasers in life as well: apologies. When we mess up or do something wrong (as happens often in families and in the world), we don’t have to start all the way over. Everything isn’t ruined. In most cases, simply apologizing (sincerely) can go along way to fixing whatever is wrong.

Just like a third grader writing the rough draft of a book report — we aren’t going to do life perfect on the first try. But if we work to resolve our mistakes, we can always begin again.

It took him a little while, but his paper looks great! Proud that he didn’t give up!

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