Words and attitudes escalated to the point that it was just easier to bring Principal Meadows in to help work things out. Besides, he was still home.
Principal Meadows sat down at the table with both boys, one, with a smirk on his face and the other, visibly frustrated. This is what I overheard:
"Right now you are in competition with one another. But one of these days, I think there will come a time where you will fight for and take up for one another. It's not there right now, because everything is "what can I get over you" ? That will change over time, because I hope you'll see that isn't worthwhile. When you learn to prefer each other, that's what will make the difference. When you know that you love each other enough to sacrifice for the other and learn that not everything is about you; that you're not centered on yourself. Like Jesus was---He wanted what was best for everyone beside himself. I hope you'll choose to prefer and uphold the honor of your brother."
Their response? They listened. It looked like gears were clicking. Maybe it was just hunger...it was nearing lunch time.
Whatever it was, there hasn't been any school-place stealing since that day. Not a whole lot of extra-special-brother-love, either.
But, they're learning. They're growing. We're not done yet. I'm sure glad I'm not at it alone.
That Principal Meadows sure has good principles. And I think he's pretty darn cute, too!