I have decided I know why it is called, “roughhousing”: because it is rough on my HOUSE! Boys are boys! When our oldest was barely one-year-old, “wrestling with dad” became the most exciting activity of the day. It progressed well into toddlerhood and became training ground for toughness with each of our three boys. Chris and Casey spent hours tumbling on the floor and showed such a different relationship than my own with my son (or my relationship with my husband, for that matter!). The game always seemed to come to a halt in tears, as the toddler would succumb to exhaustion, realizing he was “whooped.” Chris wanted to raise our boys to be tough though, and he would never let their game end with crying.
“Brady’s play hurt!” Chris (knowing that his son was not really injured) would egg a four-year-old Casey on – never rewarding his sniveling. Making it fun so the toddler would continue playing, Chris would then let enough time pass that tears were forgotten, and he could end the game on a good note.
This game was daily, no maybe hourly! Wrestling with Daddy still occurs in this house with teenagers…only louder!
One particular day of toddlerhood, though, the game was declared “over,” and Chris rested his eyes, lying down on the couch in our playroom while Casey played with Legos. After some time, the four-year-old suddenly ran and jumped on the couch, landing on Chris’s mid-section, startling Chris from sleep to a shout: “Owwww! Get off of me!”
Casey got a cute twinkle in his eye and said,
“Come on, Dad! Bradys play hurt!”
I laughed out loud!
And the wrestling continued.
Oh my! The number of times the saying goes through my head outnumbers the wrestling events where it was created.
When I want to give up in tears,
when I want to make excuses for my mood,
when I want to scream in exhaustion, “I can’t get it all done!”
I go back to the moment with my four-year-old and am reminded: “Bradys play hurt,” and I stay in the game …just one more day.
Philippians 4:13: I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.
Hebrews 12:1: Therefore let us also, seeing we are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,…
1 Corinthians 9:27: but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.