Lessons From the Jelly Bean Mix

JellyBellyPileEvery Pascha (Easter) I add 4 lbs of 49 different flavored Jelly Belly jelly beans to our basket which is blessed on Pascha night. Every year Manny and I are searching the container, weeding through Black Licorice, Peach, Cantaloupe, Buttered Popcorn, and other oddball flavors that most don’t care much for in my family, looking for the coveted Very Cherry Jelly Belly. If we don’t get a few right when the container is opened, then we won’t be getting any at all!

To try and combat our ill-fate, last year we decided to buy two containers of jelly beans. We do have ten children, so twelve people splitting two containers isn’t too crazy. The additional container helped some, but we still ended up with all the odd flavors left over. What to do about this annual Pascha dilemma?!

This year I instated a new rule: Everyone cannot pick out their favorite flavors from the container. They must grab a handful and eat what they get.

This pronouncement was greeted with “Nooo!” “Booo!” and “But I don’t like Black Licorice or Banana!” To which I responded,

“Too bad, so sad. That’s life. You gotta take the good with the bad and make the best of it!”

This rule has created some funny situations. One day the kids were being “generous” and taking their dad all their icky flavored jelly beans. He liked some of them, so this worked out a bit, but he was sick of the oddball flavors by the end of the day. The kids were highly amused with themselves.

I’ve also seen the kids trading each other since they cannot put any jelly beans back in the container. I have seen them be nice and give some of their good flavors away. I have seen them make the funniest faces when eating a flavor they didn’t like.

The annual Jelly Belly treat for Pascha has taught us some good life lessons this year:

  1.  You have to take the good with the bad in life; nothing is perfect.
  2. Negotiate with others, and then things can be better for everyone.
  3. Be generous with your favorite things; it’s the right thing to do.
  4. Nothing is as bad as it seems at first, after all, even bad tasting jelly beans are still jelly beans.
  5. Dad is always willing to sacrifice for you.
  6. Adding more doesn’t solve the problem of greedy guts wanting all the Very Cherry beans, we all must learn to share the good things in life.

Keep celebrating the Resurrection of Christ we have lots of days left in the season! Christ is Risen!



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