Well it’s that time of year again. The 2017-2018 school year has kicked off. This year we have one in his second year of college, one in 2nd grade, one in 1st grade and two in preschool. Our oldest daughter graduated college last May and our baby girl is at home with me seeing that she is not yet two.
With each school year we all can count on one thing….Germs. And even if your child does not share well with others, they will share their flu bugs and viruses I’m sure of it. It does not matter how much the school cleans someone is always kind enough to share their sickness with with the rest of the class. It happens. And this year is no different. We made it a full two weeks before the stomach virus hit our house with vengeance. Over the last week it has claimed five victims in our house: my husband, Wild Man, Elmo, Diva, and myself. Thankfully baby girl and Big Al were spared this go around. So far.
The good thing about were we live is that we get what I call unique holidays at our schools. The kids had a four day weekend last week. They were off last Friday, due to the NASCAR race and then they were off Monday for this little thing called a total eclipse, maybe a few of you heard about that 😉. Even way, with the extra days off thankfully the kiddos didn’t miss much school (Diva was the only one who actually missed school with her being sick on Tuesday)
While taking care of the sick ones I could not help but notice that even though they all ended up with the same virus they all responded to it differently. With Wild Man even though he was sick he did not slow down nor did he complain. If I wasn’t having to clean up after him I may have never noticed he was sick by his actions. That’s one of the hardest things about him being autistic, he does not/can not tell us he is sick. We just have to watch and see what happens and try our best to fix it. With Elmo, if he is sick you know it. He becomes mommy’s cuddle bug. He wants to be held and babied until he is all better. He still believes in the power of “mommy’s magical kisses” and if he receives enough of these boo boo kisses he will be cured from whatever ails him. With Diva, well if someone has something she does not she can convince herself she has it. She wants left out of nothing. She is a hypochondriac. I never seen her actually get sick but she insisted she was dying mover the less. And then there’s my husband….if any of you reading this are married you know what I’m talking about. I love him dearly, so I don’t need phone calls or emails telling me that I’m ungrateful or that I’m being a disrespectful wife keep those to yourself, but I can’t be the only wife who’s husband needs more attention than a child when he is sick. He came home from work and laid on the couch. I asked him to go to bed several times but was met with the “I’m fine right here don’t worry about me” comment. I know he was fine, but our house still must function whether he is sick or not. Do you know how hard it is to try to keep five kids quiet while their dad tried to rest on the couch? It’s almost impossible. ***ugh*** And then there’s me, mom. When mom gets sick, well mom must keep going. We power through the upset stomach and headache because our family needs us; sick or not. It’s what most moms do.
The way we responded to the stomach virus made me think about the way we as Christians respond to God. We all had the same virus, God offers us all the same love. We all responded to being sick differently, as Christians we all respond to God’s love differently. Some of us choose to cuddle up with Jesus and seek Him out to make us feel better and feel safe. Others can keep on going day in and day out without slowing down to acknowledge His presence. Still others crave Him when it’s convenient for them and then quickly turn back towards worldly things when we want to fit in. And still others just keep going through life the same way as always because that’s just what they do, right or wrong.
Walking in faith is not always easy and no two people walk this path the same way. Our relationship to God is a personal one, you can’t do or respond the exact same way as another person because that is their journey not yours. Just as the stomach bug effects so all different so does God’s grace. What He has planned for me is not what He has planned for you. We are all unique in His eyes yet He loves us all the same.
From our beautiful chaos to yours: Have a wonderful weekend everyone!!! Remember God loves you just the way you are❤️