At a bit of a loss as to what to write about today. We’ll see how this ends up…
The kids are on two hour delay. AGAIN. They should have had 15 days of school since Christmas break ended. So far, 5 of those days have been cancelled, and at least three of them have been two hour delays – maybe more, it sure seems like more. Normally I enjoy having the extra time with them, but at this time in my life when I’m trying to develop and stick to a schedule, so that I might live with intention… it is just really messing with my mojo.
Am I wrong, or did we go to school when it was below zero outside? I do sympathize with these kids, and I realize that so many kids have to stand at the bus stop, but seriously, here. The temperature in two hours, when I will actually take the kids to school, will be all of one degree higher than it is now, when I would normally be taking the kids to school. Yesterday, the temperature was actually lower when they went to school.
I didn’t have holes in my shoes, and the route wasn’t uphill both ways, but I did walk to school, probably about a half mile. Some days I did it with three layers of clothes and bread bags to keep my boots from leaking. Kids these days…
And, like every other kid that walked in my school, I walked by myself, or with my siblings and/or friends. None of this “Mommy has to walk with you stuff.” OK, OK, my sister actually personally knows a teenager who was abducted on his way to school last year. Sadly, in the world we live in, Mommy really does need to walk her kids to school, in the very rare instance that a child actually gets to walk to school. It just seems kind of sad, this generation of kids that never gets to do anything by themselves. It’s like we shelter them and shelter them, and then one day, suddenly, they get their driver’s license and have free reign. Now what are they supposed to do with that?
Guess what has finally made it near the top of my “to-do” list for the day? Take down the Christmas tree. Can you believe it? Some people have it down before Christmas day is even over. I believe in keeping it up till at least Epiphany, and the Baptism of Jesus is even better, but (and I’m not looking at my calendar here) I think that was two weeks ago. The kids even turned the lights on yesterday! I totally don’t know why, but this year, I just have no motivation to take it down and put it all away. The only reason that I’ve moved it to the top of the list is the prospect of possibly having people over here tomorrow who have never been to the house and whom I barely know. Not really the image I want to present to the world – “The Weird Lady Who Keeps Her Christmas Stuff Up Year-Round.”
In the first 24 days of 2014, I’ve wrecked my car (OK, that was on New Year’s Eve, but close enough), my car battery has died, Ray’s car battery has died, the garage door broke, and a bolt from the same garage door, oddly unrelated to the break, embedded itself in my tire. We’ve received a huge bill for Bear’s EKG (which was normal, praise God), school tuition is going up, and we must face the music that Ray needs a new car. We had a small blizzard and some of the coldest temperatures we’ve experienced in our lifetimes. Next week, we look forward to temps even colder than those we had a few weeks ago. We’ve lost a dear friend and will say good bye to him tomorrow. All this in 24 days.
It was laughable until last week. Now, I confess, it does leave me to question what the rest of this year might have in store.
So, here’s hoping that all the bad was packed into January, that the remaining months of 2014 will be packed full of joy and blessings. Here’s praying that, regardless, we will see God in every moment and remember his goodness, that he loves us more than we can possibly understand, and that he is always by our sides.
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