5 Life Lessons from SpongeBob SquarePants!
Growing up I always wondered where my parents got the words of wisdom they so often used on my sister and me. You’ll remember them as I’m sure some of these were used on you too: “Money doesn’t grow on trees,” or “Turn out the lights, I don’t own shares in the electric company,” or my all-time favorite, “Just because your friend jumps off a bridge doesn’t mean you should too.” While I took their advice with a grain of salt (I’m sure I got that line from my parents too!), I also remember wondering how were they so wise? I mean they always seemed to have a response at the ready whenever I asked or tried to do something I knew they wouldn’t approve of or that I would never get away with, even if I were just thinking about it. Then I had my own child and suddenly I got it. My parents didn’t make these sayings up. They probably either got them from their own parents or heard them from someplace else and just tried to pass them off as their own. Brilliant!
SpongeBob SquarePants? Now I realize that the Sponge has been around for more than a decade and we’re new to this little yellow party, but OMG!
When Jack first started taking an interest in T.V. cartoon characters I was thrilled that he showed a love for Cookie Monster, Curious George and the Cat in the Hat. I used to joke that at least he wasn’t watching SpongeBob SquarePants. I guess I was a bit premature in that observation. He’s obsessed.
So we’re walking along the other day and I said something to Jack about his improvement in school and how much better he was getting at things and how proud I was, and he turned to me and matter-of-factually said, “Mommy, you can’t rush perfection.” What?! I asked where he heard that from and when he told me SpongeBob SquarePants I about fainted. My 5-year old is learning life advice from a sponge! Now, my husband and I try to watch as many episodes with Jack so we know exactly what it is that’s filling his brain, and I’ll be honest, once I get past that annoying laugh and opening theme song, I actually do find it to be entertaining…not always educational, but at least not offensive.
Since watching the show and some of the same episodes over and over and over, I’ve picked up my own pearls of wisdom that I will borrow and pass along to Jack (although apparently he’s learning fine on his own):
Never give up on anything
Friendships are the most important relationships in your life
Hard work and perseverance leads to good things
Be a good neighbor
Enjoy life to the fullest
It isn’t lost on me that these are very similar to the many life lessons passed on to me by my own parents, and I’m confident that Jack will one day pass them along to his children. Of course, with the good comes the bad as one of his other favorite “lessons” from Bikini Bottom is, “A five letter word for happiness is M-O-N-E-Y.” Oh Barnacles!
I’d love to hear some of your favorite SpongeBob SquarePants quotes and life lessons!