Frog is taller, friendlier and much more positive than Toad. Toad is shorter and the more serious and anxious of the two. Their humorous escapades include some wonderful lessons for children and adults.
For Toad, the glass is not half-empty or half-full—it’s just dirty. For Toad, even acts of kindness (like attempting to bring Frog some ice cream), usually end up in a mess or a disaster of some sort.
Frog is kinder and wiser. He sees the best in life and the best in his friend. Frog will say, trying to encourage his buddy, “I saw everything. You did very well by yourself.”
Toad, in reaction to a scary sled ride replies, “I did not. But there is one thing I can do all by myself. I can go home. Winter may be beautiful, but my bed is much better.”
Toad is such a toad.
What have I learned from these two?
- It’s better to be a frog (positive) than a toad (negative).
- Attitude affects everything.
- Life rarely goes the way we want or expect.
- For those who have eyes to see, adventures are everywhere.
- Friendship is costly and priceless.
Yesterday, while reading a chapter to my grandson, Caleb, I started to wonder, “Is life really that simple? Can most of the world be described as toad-like or frog-like?”
I’m still pondering that question (and would love to hear what you think), but here’s my deep philosophical and spiritual insight for the day: I’d rather be a builder than a destroyer, an encourager than a discourager, and much more of a frog than a toad.
“From now on, brothers and sisters,
if anything is excellent and if anything is admirable,
focus your thoughts on these things:
all that is true,
all that is holy,
all that is just,
all that is pure,
all that is lovely,
and all that is worthy of praise.”
Philippians 4:8 (CEB)