I’ve had two sick children for the past week. Just last night it seemed like everyone was finally better, and I was looking forward to our participation in the world again.
This morning with the promise of getting back to normal, I sat drinking my coffee and feeling optimistic. Then my son walked in, his left eye looking small and red. “Oh NO!” I knew what that meant. He had caught pink eye from his brother.
Immediately I shifted from optimistic, to victim mode. To complaining. “Not again? Now I have to wash sheets again, sanitize, blah blah blah.”
But as the day went on I realized, it is never really that bad. I have no reason to complain.
And we will make the best of things.
So yes, we are house bound a bit longer, but it is not that bad…
The kids played outside and it was a delight to watch them. They all were digging for worms, excited that the soft, muddy ground that was so cold and hard all winter, was now giving way to some crawly friends. They gathered worms, put them in a container, and even added coffee grounds to the soil.
“It makes the soil rich mom…” Grace told me.
Then when we had lunch, I snuck in some learning. Every time they asked for something they had to spell it.
“Mom, can I have so M-I-L-K?”
Mom can I have some “M-O-R-E?”
And then after that we got into a whole conversation about conjunctivitis and how the suffix “itis” means that something is swollen….the conversation just went on and on.
So yeah, I am saying we are making the best of it. It really wasn’t that bad to begin with.
I’m still home with my kids everyday, teaching them, loving them, and raising them up…
I, like Grace, was doing something important for her worms…
Making the soil rich.
..continuing to develop their love of learning, of each other, and of God…
Showing them that in all circumstances we look up and not down. We need not complain and feel sorry for ourselves. And we are really blessed.
“Do all things without grumbling or disputing, so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world”
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