Illusion of Control
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“You can't force anyone to love you or lend you money.”

– Yiddish proverb


“It’s not fair, Opi!”

I looked up from my reading to see to my little granddaughter Alexis standing before me. She wore a look of frustration on her face. I picked her up and sat her on my knee.

“What’s not fair, Sweetie?”

“The kids won’t let me play with them,” she said. “And I’m not too little!”

I knew the kids were playing video games and probably didn’t want to be disturbed by a four-year-old. I suggested she sit with me and we could read a book but she wanted to be with the kids. I had an idea. I knew the kids wouldn’t want their game disrupted so I suggested to the...

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