After experiencing a tumultuous situation, have you ever looked behind you, thought, “I never saw that approaching”, and felt a huge relief when the situation passed?
As the pandemic blindsided us, I was surprised at how quickly the normal that we had for many years been accustomed to suddenly and forcefully changed. Adult’s jobs, children’s schooling, everyday tasks, all changed and became a burden that required major adjusting.
I personally did not realize all that would become abnormal in a very short amount of time. My life quickly changed and I became a Mom/Teacher endeavoring to help four children from kindergarten through 7th grade learn virtually at home. Life became more challenging rather swiftly with my children’s schooling. Altogether, there were fourteen online teachers to contend with, four different schedules to keep up with and the problems of computers crashing, online work lost, and being needed to help in many different assignments that were often scheduled at the same time. Not to mention, my duties as a housewife!
Life for myself had certainly changed and it forced me to look internally. I learned much about myself in that time as many have through their experiences with the pandemic. It is what we do with what we learn that matters.
I learned to appreciate more those who teach or instruct others. To be more patient and understanding in this challenging time for my children. To keep in mind how much continual guidance children really need. As a mother, I have been given a great task to nurture (care for, encourage growth or development of) my children.
Sure, the task has its overwhelming moments, yet many times, I think of these inspiring quotes, “God gave those little children to you, Mama – you. No one else can mother them like you can. You may have your work cut out for you, but you’re the one cut out to accomplish it.” -Erin Odom
“Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are the most important work.” C.S. Lewis
Psalm 127:3 reminds us, “children are an heritage of the Lord.” I am thankful and blessed to have four healthy children. I am learning that each day is a new day and to keep endeavoring so I am more prepared to face the next challenge, whatever that may be.
~ S Shick